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Tens of thousands of people have been unlawfully detained by the Syrian government and other parties to the conflict in Syria. In most cases, their fate—and if they are alive, their whereabouts—remains unknown. A new report from CIC and the International Center for Transitional Justice examines the dark reality of detention in Syria and its impact on the families of the missing. The report details urgent steps necessary to help those families obtain information about the whereabouts of their loved ones, gain access to them, and achieve their prompt release.

May 29, 2020
Hanny Megally , Elena Naughton
Humanitarian Crises

CIC staff, fellows, and partners are working to shed light on the intersections between the global coronavirus pandemic and the issues we study, from the future of multilateralism and the global humanitarian response to the ongoing work of building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This is a regularly updated collection of our articles, blog posts, and policy papers on COVID-19.

Kabul market during COVID-19

Afghanistan faces many hurdles in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic: a prolonged armed conflict, a lack of social protection systems, limited healthcare capacity, and insufficient preparedness and coordination mechanisms. This briefing provides an overview of the current state of the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan against the background of the ongoing conflict.


May 21, 2020
Said Sabir Ibrahimi

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, policymakers must navigate public perceptions of coronavirus risk and government responses. This two-part briefing pulls together data from recent global and regional polls to provide a descriptive summary of trends in public opinion towards COVID-19. The first part focuses on levels of public trust in government and other institutions and on public perceptions of the trade-offs involved in calibrating lockdown measures, while the second part compares these results with polling from low-income countries.

May 19, 2020

Formerly a small local militia, Guidon Shimiray’s Nduma Defence of Congo-Rénové (NDC-R) is today one of the most powerful armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new report from CIC's Congo Research Group (CRG) draws on 18 months of fieldwork to provide the first in-depth investigation into the origins of this armed group, showing how it is part of a proxy war led by the Congolese army.

May 13, 2020
Sub-Saharan Africa