I read about conflict quite a bit. The only way to remain sane is to include sources that help to provide solutions, not just reports, blame, and criticism.
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
The Crisis Group in the field – video
Gathering information and stories from with conflict zones. And some critical recent topics, and questions. E.g.”Why are these young men drawn to the jihadi narrative?”
http://www.crisisgroup.org/ Articles, info and crisis hotspots – by region and country.
http://blog.crisisgroup.org/ In Pursuit of Peace, very interesting blog.
https://www.youtube.com/user/crisisgroup Videos on YouTube
Crisis Group Approach: Three Basic Elements
1. Expert field research and analysis
Crisis Group’s credibility is founded on its ﬁeld-based research. Our analysts are based in or near many of the world’s trouble spots, where there is concern about the possible outbreak of conﬂict, its escalation or recurrence. Their main task is to ﬁnd out what is happening and why. They identify the underlying political, social and economic factors creating the conditions for conﬂict, as well as the more immediate causes of tension. They ﬁnd the people who matter and discover what or who inﬂuences them. And they consider the actual and potential role for other countries and inter-govern-mental bodies like the United Nations, European Union and African Union.
2. Practical, imaginative policy prescriptions
Crisis Group’s task is not merely to understand conﬂict but to prevent, contain and resolve it. That means identifying the levers that can be pulled and those who can pull them, whether political, legal, ﬁnancial or ultimately, military. Some of these prescriptions require action by the national government or local actors; others require the commitment of other governments or international organisations. Some will be within the current marketplace of received ideas; others will be over the horizon but nonetheless the right way forward. These policy prescriptions, along with our ﬁeld-based research and analysis, are presented in succinct, timely and readable reports.
3. Effective, high-level advocacy
Identifying the problem and the appropriate response is still only part of the story. All too often the missing ingredient is the “political will” to take the necessary action. Crisis Group’s task is not to lament its absence but to work out how to mobilise it. That means persuading policymakers directly or through others who inﬂuence them, not least the media. That in turn means having the right arguments: moral, political, legal and ﬁnancial. And it means having the ability to effectively deploy those arguments, with people of the right credibility and capacity. Crisis Group’s board is instrumental in giving us access at high levels of governments.
About the group – video
The International Crisis Group is today generally regarded as the world’s leading source of information, analysis and policy advice on preventing and resolving deadly conflict.