Crisis Index


Is July 1st The Date The Map Of The Middle East Is Redrawn?

On Monday the 1st of June an article appeared in the Jerusalem Post that should have given shivers of concern to anyone with a desire in upholding international law. The article in question claims new Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had instructed the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to prepare for […]


Ivorian, Burkina Troops Kill Eight Jihadists Near Border

Sunday, May 24, eight suspected jihadists were killed and another 38 captured in the first joint military operation between Burkinabe and Ivorian forces near the border of Burkina Faso and The Ivory Coast. Defense One reported Monday that the captured men — 24 in Burkina Faso and 14 in Ivory […]


First Iranian Gas Tanker Reaches Venezuela

An Iran oil tanker reached Venezuela on May 23. The U.S. has sanctions on both countries and the arrival of the tanker has brought up questions of U.S. intervention. The Iranian tankers hold enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for two to three weeks. Even though Venezuela has the world’s largest […]


Journalists Face Death Penalty in Yemen

On April 11 2020, four journalists were sentenced to death by the Houthi-led rebel Government in Yemen. The journalists were convicted of spying and “broadcasting rumours, fake news, and statements in support of the enemy Saudi Arabia.” The situation has attracted an outpouring of concern from over 150 non-governmental groups, […]


Russia Supplies Combat Jets To LNA As Wagner Forces Fly Out Of Tripoli

On May 25th 2020, an estimated 1,500 Wagner Group forces (Russian mercenary group) flew out of Tripoli, after General Haftar’s Libyan National Army’s (LNA) withdrew from the capital city. Two days later, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that Russia deployed 14 MiG 29 and SU-24 fighter planes to Libya, […]


The Humanitarian Crisis In The Arab World’s Poorest Country

A multilayered humanitarian crisis has reached its tipping point in Yemen. The civil war between the internationally recognised government and the Houthi rebel forces has been ongoing since 2015. It has since devolved into a full blown proxy war between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, which are said […]


Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen Reaching Breaking Point As Aid Agencies Call for Urgent Funding Amid COVID-19 Threat

This week, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other aid agencies have warned that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is reaching a ‘breaking point’ as COVID-19 spreads, putting millions of vulnerable civilians at risk. The WFP stated on Tuesday that the health system in the country may not be able […]


U.S. Envoy Holds Talks With Afghan And Taliban Officials

Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special representative for Afghanistan, left for Doha and Kabul in pursuit of peace talks with Taliban and Afghan officials regarding the United States’ military presence in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. Khalilzad departed on Sunday, May 17th, after the Afghan president and the […]


Taliban Announces Three-Day Ceasefire With Afghani Government For Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations

The Taliban in Afghanistan have announced that they have agreed a three day cease fire with the Afghani Government that will remain in place for the duration of Eid, according to BBC News. The Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, which starts on Sunday, is a time of celebration that marks […]


Mozambique Faces Human Rights Crisis From Government And Insurgents

On May 19th the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation met to discuss the “security situation” in Mozambique’s northernmost province, Cabo Delgado. The province faces a shadowy insurgent group, known locally as “al-Shabab” or “Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jama” (ASWJ). The group has committed 350 attacks […]


Cyclone Amphan And COVID-19: Mass Destruction In South Asia

Cyclone Amphan has pummelled India and Bangladesh and continues to leave a trail of mass destruction and chaos as the two countries attempt to recover. As of May 23rd, at least 106 deaths were confirmed. As per disaster management officials, 80 are from the Indian states of West Bengal and […]


Terrorist Attack on the Hospital in Kabul Shattered Already Fragile ‘Peace Talks’ with Taliban

On May 12, gunmen disguised as police raided the maternity ward of a Doctors Without Borders medical clinic located in Kabul, Afghanistan. Officials announced that 24 people – including infants – were killed and more than 20 were injured in the attack. This attack was neither surprising nor new to […]


Who Will the Middle East Peace Plan Really Grant Peace?

France is reportedly urging European Union diplomats to threaten Israel with a tough response if the country goes ahead with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, EU diplomats told Reuters. In addition, they said other countries, including Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg, also want to discuss inflicting punishment in […]


The Rohingya Crisis: The Dirt Under Another’s Shoe

An Unknown Crisis, An Ignored People On 15 May 2020, it was reported that the first coronavirus case has been detected in one of Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, according to Aljazeera. This settlement in southern Bangladesh is home to a million refugees and fears have risen as to the possible […]


Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Visits Israel To Discuss Peace Plan 1

Latest Developments Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel on May 13th for a brief eight hour visit. Despite Israel’s strict lockdown, Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new governing partner, Benjamin Gantz to discuss President Trump’s Peace to Prosperity […]


U.S. Increases Firepower And Military Exercises Over South China Sea

On Thursday May 7th, two B-1B supersonic heavy bombers were reported cruising the skies to the northeast of Taiwan. According to Aircraft Spots, this was the fourth U.S.-led bomber mission in the Indo-Pacific region since the United States Airforce brought B-1 bombers back into rotation at Andersen Airforce base in […]


Afghan Migrants Allegedly Tortured By Iranian Border Guards

Afghan migrants trying to cross into Iran illegally were allegedly tortured and drowned by Iranian border guards on May 3rd. Reports from the Governor of the Iran border district of Gulran, as well as the Taliban, estimate 55 Afghan migrants were forced into the Harirud river. Eighteen bodies had been recovered […]


High Risk, No Reward

Newsweek wrote on April 29th, “Navy sends second ship into disputed waters after china claims it scrambled jets to expel US destroyer.” The day before, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry, violated Chinese sovereignty when it cruised by the Chinese controlled Paracel Islands in […]


Taliban Bombing Of Afghan Military Center Threatens U.S.-Taliban Deal

May 2nd, the Taliban bombed an Afghan military center in the Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The attack threatens the fragile March peace deal between the U.S. and the insurgent group. The target of the weekend truck-bombing was an Afghan compound stationing over 150 members of the Afghanistan military and […]