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Yemen: Defusing the Saada Time Bomb
Crisis Group Middle East Report N°86, 27 May 2009Page 38



The International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) is an inde­pendent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with some 130 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

Crisis Group’s approach is grounded in field research. Teams of political analysts are located within or close by countries at risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, it produces analytical reports containing prac­tical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers. Crisis Group also publishes CrisisWatch, a twelve-page monthly bulletin, providing a succinct reg­u­lar update on the state of play in all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.

Crisis Group’s reports and briefing papers are distributed widely by email and made avail­able simultaneously on the website, www.crisisgroup.org. Crisis Group works closely with governments and those who in­fluence them, including the media, to highlight its crisis analyses and to generate support for its policy prescriptions.

The Crisis Group Board – which includes prominent figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business and the media – is directly involved in helping to bring the reports and recommendations to the attention of senior policy-makers around the world. Crisis Group is co-chaired by the former European Commissioner for External Relations Christopher Patten and former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering. Its President and Chief Exe­cutive since January 2000 has been former Aus­tral­ian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans.

Crisis Group’s international headquarters are in Brussels, with major advocacy offices in Washington DC (where it is based as a legal entity) and New York, a smaller one in London and liaison presences in Moscow and Beijing. The organisation currently operates nine regional offices (in Bishkek, Bogotá, Dakar, Islamabad, Istan­bul, Jakarta, Nairobi, Pristina and Tbilisi) and has local field repre­sen­tation in eighteen additional locations (Abuja, Baku, Bang­kok, Beirut, Cairo, Colombo, Damas­cus, Dili, Jeru­sa­lem, Kabul, Kath­man­du, Kinshasa, Oua­gadougou, Port-au-Prince, Pretoria, Sarajevo, Seoul and Tehran). Crisis Group cur­rent­ly covers some 60 areas of actual or potential conflict across four continents. In Africa, this includes Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem­o­crat­ic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe; in Asia, Afghanistan,

Bangla­desh, Burma/ Myanmar, Indonesia, Kashmir, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz­stan, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan Strait, Tajikistan, Thai­land, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan and Uzbe­kistan; in Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herze­govina, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Russia (North Caucasus), Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine; in the Middle East and North Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Gulf States, Iran, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen; and in Latin America and the Caribbean, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti and Venezuela.

Crisis Group raises funds from governments, charitable foundations, companies and individual donors. The fol­low­ing governmental departments and agencies currently provide funding: Australian Agency for International De­vel­op­ment, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrian Development Agency, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canadian International Development Agency, Canadian International Development and Re­search Centre, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Royal Dan­ish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Ministry of For­eign Affairs, Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Irish Aid, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Principality of Liechtenstein, Luxem­bourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand Agency for International Development, Royal Norwegian Min­is­try of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Ministry for For­eign Affairs, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Af­fairs, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United King­dom Department for International Develop­ment, United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Coun­cil, U.S. Agency for International Development.

Foundation and private sector donors, providing annual support and/or contributing to Crisis Group’s Securing the Future Fund, include the Better World Fund, Carne­gie Corporation of New York, William & Flora Hewlett Foun­da­tion, Hu­man­ity United, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Jewish World Watch, Kimsey Foundation, Korea Foundation, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foun­da­tion, Open Society In­sti­tute, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Radcliffe Foun­da­tion, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and VIVA Trust.

May 2009

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