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Deputy Chief of Policy

Location: Brussels, New York, Washington DC, Belgium
Period: 01/06/2019 to Indefinite
Application Deadline: 30/04/2019 23:55

Job description

Based in one of the Crisis Group offices, the Deputy Chief of Policy will report to the Chief of Policy and work closely with the president, regional experts and the editing team to shape and strengthen the output and policy lines of Crisis Group's reports and other publicationsThe Deputy Chief of Policy will have significant experience in a policymaking role, exceptional writing and editing skills, rich knowledge of geopolitics and conflict management, and a passion for Crisis Group’s mission. The post provides an exciting opportunity to play an influential and important role in a leading non-governmental conflict prevention organisation.

Responsibilities:

  • Under the Chief of Policy’s supervision, and working closely with the president, regional program staff and editors, review Crisis Group reports and other publications to ensure excellence in analysis and policy and overall quality;
  • Support Crisis Group’s program staff in helping conceptualise, plan and draft reports, briefings and other publications;
  • Provide ongoing guidance to colleagues on writing of reports and other written publications to achieve clear, coherent text that enables the organisation to promote its analysis and policy lines effectively;
  • Draft policy notes, statements, and other internal and external documents as required;
  • With the Chief of Policy, keep the President informed of evolving policy discussions and ensure he is brought in in a timely manner:
    • for early consultation on important policy issues;
    • for final definition of Crisis Group’s position on such issues; and
    • for final approval of all reports, and as needed other publications and outputs;
  • Other policy-related responsibilities as directed by the Chief of Policy or the President.

Requirements

  • At least ten years’ work experience, with some years in a senior policy-making or top advisory role;
  • An interest in global politics and conflict prevention, management and resolution;
  • Full fluency in English and extensive, very strong drafting and editing experience, fluency in French preferred;
  • An eye for detail and commitment to accuracy;
  • Ability to work at pace under pressure and manage multiple tasks to tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

For more information about the job, Deputy Chief of Policy, please follow the link provided. 

Vacancy

Deputy Project Director, Central Africa

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application Deadline: 09/12/2018 12:00

Role:  

Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Project Director will supervise at least one analyst and a small support staff to produce succinct, well researched, analytical, and timely reports and briefing papers addressing conflict prevention and resolution issues in DRC and Burundi.  He/she will explain and advocate Crisis Group analysis and recommendations to national and foreign governments, warring parties, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, and the media.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the work of the Project as concerns the Great Lakes area, supervising staff and managing the project’s budgetary and administrative matters;
  • Make sure that the security risks of staff and operations are reduced to a minimum by establishing and maintaining relevant local security guidelines and make sure that the protocols and guidelines that are put in place are being followed and staff and consultants receive proper briefings on Crisis Group’s Security Framework and Guidelines;
  • Conduct, coordinate and supervise the analysis and field-based research necessary  to produce high-quality reports and briefings on crisis situations over the course of the year; maintain a network of contacts in order to stay informed of relevant events on the ground;
  • Give guidance, oversee and prepare detailed reports, briefing papers and derivative products (op eds, blogs, short notes) setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations in concise and clear fashion ;
  • Work closely with representatives of governments and international and local organisations in gathering information, seeking input and feedback, and supporting the distribution of Crisis Group’s publications;
  • Maintain and extend the advocacy program in and on (countries in) the region, optimising advocacy efforts linked to the publication of the reports and other materials, with the objective of promoting the adoption of Crisis Group’s policy recommendations by concerned actors;
  • Support fundraising efforts with selected government and private donors through meetings and other outreach, with the assistance of the development team.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in international relations, political science, law, journalism, sociology or equivalent through experience;
  • 5+ years professional experience in conflict analysis, journalism, NGO, international organisations or government work related to the region with field experience in the region;
  • Good knowledge of regional politics of the DRC and of the great lakes area, conflicts and societies, and extensive contacts with governmental and non-governmental officials, the media, and local and international civil-society organisations working in the region;
  • Expertise covering governance issues, stabilisation, security-sector reform and institution-building;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
  • Excellent editing skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills; 
  • Experience communicating with the public through speaking, writing and social media.
  • Experience in overseeing budgetary and administrative matters, and management of a team;
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) required; good level of French required; knowledge of one of the languages in the region preferred.

If interested in the role, please follow the link and apply by December 9.

Vacancy

Program Director, Europe & Central Asia

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: 16/09/2018 17:00

The Program Director will lead Crisis Group’s work in Europe & Central Asia aimed at preventing, mitigating and resolving deadly conflict in the region including specifically the research and analysis, development of policy recommendations, and publication and advocacy activities. The Director will have management responsibility and accountability for the resources of the Program including leading and motivating approximately 10 staff members located throughout the region. The Director will contribute to the overall strategic direction of Crisis Group.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, vision and strategic direction to the work of the Europe & Central Asia Program, including helping define its geographic and substantive reach, in order that it develops and advances options and opportunities to prevent, mitigate and resolve deadly conflict in the region;
  • Establish an annual work plan for the Program of research, publications and other outputs, and advocacy in collaboration with relevant colleagues;
  • Oversee implementation of the annual plan and other work by Program staff, in particular ensuring field-based research and analysis leads to the timely production, publicity and advocacy of high-quality reports, briefings and other publications;
  • Ensure written work by field-based staff meets Crisis Group standards in terms of policy coherence and consistency, persuasiveness in policy recommendations, and overall quality;

For further information about the position,  Program Director, Europe & Central Asia, please follow the link. 

Vacancy

Project Manager

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: 26/08/2018 23:59

This is an opportunity for an engaging and motivated individual to bring together International Crisis Group colleagues in delivering complex conflict prevention projects. The Project Manager will be responsible for representing Crisis Group, acting as focal point and primary project contact with selected key donors; leading internal coordination in Crisis Group to deliver project activities and outputs; ensuring effective monitoring, evaluation and governance arrangements are in place; drafting project documentation including progress and completion reports; and, designing project proposals for Crisis Group’s future conflict prevention work.

Responsibilities:

Representation:

  • Act as focal point and representative for Crisis Group with donors and other stakeholders on selected projects;
  • Present and promote project objectives and achievements to external partners including to donors, government actors, UN agencies, in-country partners, and the media where appropriate;
  • Promote internally the sharing of knowledge and best practice arising from Crisis Group’s participation in selected projects.

 Project design and coordination:

  • Collaborate with Crisis Group colleagues in designing project proposals including clear and achievable outcomes and outputs as well as related processes and time frames;
  • Lead in conceptualizing and negotiating Crisis Group’s contributions to conflict prevention projects with donors and other external stakeholders, including creating processes and designing inputs that are coherent with Crisis Group’s mandate and methodology, and that are embedded into Crisis Group’s research, publication and advocacy plans.

 Project management and reporting:

  • Liaise actively with Crisis Group colleagues contributing to project activities - including field analysts, thematic experts, advocacy staff, and others - and create and manage a framework for monitoring to ensure effective delivery of project activities and outputs on time, in budget and to required standards;
  • Draft and submit reports to project donors and other partners, ensuring that all reporting requirements are consistently met in line with required formats and time frames;
  • In collaboration with Finance colleagues, manage project budgets and expenditure including activity funds administered under separate project budgets;
  • Contribute to and thereafter monitor and take appropriate action on project risk management.

For further information about the position, Project Manager, please follow the link. 

Vacancy

Project Manager

Location: Brussels , Belgium
Application Deadline: 26/08/2018 23:59

This is an opportunity for an engaging and motivated individual to bring together International Crisis Group colleagues in delivering complex conflict prevention projects. The Project Manager will be responsible for representing Crisis Group, acting as focal point and primary project contact with selected key donors; leading internal coordination in Crisis Group to deliver project activities and outputs; ensuring effective monitoring, evaluation and governance arrangements are in place; drafting project documentation including progress and completion reports; and, designing project proposals for Crisis Group’s future conflict prevention work.

Responsibilities:

Representation:

  • Act as focal point and representative for Crisis Group with donors and other stakeholders on selected projects;
  • Present and promote project objectives and achievements to external partners including to donors, government actors, UN agencies, in-country partners, and the media where appropriate;
  • Promote internally the sharing of knowledge and best practice arising from Crisis Group’s participation in selected projects.

 Project design and coordination:

  • Collaborate with Crisis Group colleagues in designing project proposals including clear and achievable outcomes and outputs as well as related processes and time frames;
  • Lead in conceptualizing and negotiating Crisis Group’s contributions to conflict prevention projects with donors and other external stakeholders, including creating processes and designing inputs that are coherent with Crisis Group’s mandate and methodology, and that are embedded into Crisis Group’s research, publication and advocacy plans.

 Project management and reporting:

  • Liaise actively with Crisis Group colleagues contributing to project activities - including field analysts, thematic experts, advocacy staff, and others - and create and manage a framework for monitoring to ensure effective delivery of project activities and outputs on time, in budget and to required standards;
  • Draft and submit reports to project donors and other partners, ensuring that all reporting requirements are consistently met in line with required formats and time frames;
  • In collaboration with Finance colleagues, manage project budgets and expenditure including activity funds administered under separate project budgets;
  • Contribute to and thereafter monitor and take appropriate action on project risk management.

For further information about the position, Project Manager, please follow the link. 

Vacancy

Researcher, Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan
Application Deadline: 01/07/2018 23:59

The Researcher supports the Senior Analyst by undertaking field-based primary and secondary research and by providing written findings that contributes to International Crisis Group reports and other forms of written publication which examine and propose solutions to prevent or mitigate deadly conflict in Afghanistan. The Researcher is expected to have strong knowledge and to be based in Afghanistan.   

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducts extensive field research as directed into prevailing issues in Afghanistan (including - where relevant - security, political, legal, economic and social issues as well as human rights, gender and governance) and provides written and oral reports of research findings;
  • Assists with drafting and translation support for purposes of correspondence with local authorities and other interlocutors as necessary;
  • Undertakes media reviews and maintains contacts with local journalists;
  • Travels to provinces of Afghanistan for field research and maintains contact with provincial authorities and residents;
  • Responds under the direction of the Senior Analyst to other research requests from the Program Director and others in the organisation;
  • Provides general support and undertakes administrative tasks as needed.

For further information about the position, Researcher, Afghanistan, please kindly follow the link. 

Vacancy

Analyst, West Bank

Application Deadline: 29/04/2018 23:55

Based in the region, the analyst will research, produce reports and other written materials, and conduct advocacy on security, political, governance and social issues related to the Palestinians and their relations with Israel and other actors in the region.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducts extensive field research and provides analysis on prevailing security, social, legal, governance and political issues;
  • Develops networks of contacts in government, political and social actors, and international stakeholders;
  • Proposes policy initiatives for governmental, intergovernmental, political, and non-governmental stakeholders to address and resolve sources of conflict;
  • Prepares detailed reports, briefing papers and short publications setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations;
  • Represents Crisis Group to media and conducts high-level advocacy.

For further information about the vacancy Analyst, West Bank, please kindly follow the link. 

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Program Director, Asia

Application Deadline: 13/05/2018 23:55

The Program Director will lead Crisis Group’s work in Asia aimed at preventing, mitigating and resolving deadly conflict in the region including specifically the research and analysis, development of policy recommendations, and publication and advocacy activities of the Asia Program.

The Director will have management responsibility and accountability for the resources of the Program including leading and motivating approximately 12 staff members located throughout Asia. The Director will contribute to the overall strategic direction of Crisis Group.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership, vision and strategic direction to the work of the Asia Program in order that it develops and advances options and opportunities to prevent, mitigate and resolve deadly conflict in the region;
  • Establish an annual work plan for the Program of research, publications and other outputs, and advocacy in collaboration with relevant colleagues;
  • Oversee implementation of the annual plan and other work by Program staff, in particular ensuring field-based research and analysis leads to the timely production, publicity and advocacy of high-quality reports, briefings and other publications on conflict situations in Asia;

For more information on the position, Program Director, please follow the link. 

Vacancy

Policy and Research Papers

Guinée : remettre la transition sur les rails

Après l’élection d’Alpha Condé à la présidence en novembre 2010, des élections législatives doivent clôturer une nouvelle étape de la transition politique guinéenne. La récente expérience de politisation violente des ethnicités et le manque de confiance des acteurs politiques dans le dispositif électoral sont des motifs d’inquiétude. Le président Condé a engagé unilatéralement une refonte du système électoral, mais il suscite d’autant plus de méfiance que les perspectives du parti présidentiel pour les législatives sont incertaines. Il n’a prêté que peu d’atten­tion, et bien tard, à la réconciliation et au dialogue avec son opposition, très mobilisée. La Guinée ne peut se permettre ni un bricolage du système électoral ni une nouvelle campagne fondée sur des arguments ethniques. Un accroissement des tensions à l’approche du scrutin pourrait susciter des violences intercommunautaires. Il pourrait aussi offrir une opportunité d’agir à ceux qui, dans l’armée, se satisfont mal d’avoir regagné les casernes. L’attaque lancée le 19 juillet 2011 par des militaires contre la résidence du président confirme la réalité de ce risque. Il y a donc aussi une necessité pour la réforme du secteur de la sécurité (RSS), pour laquelle la communauté internationale avait marqué sa disponibilité dès la prise de pouvoir du général Konaté. Sur ce point très sensible, les progrès ont été lents. 

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Reforming Afghanistan's Broken Judiciary

Afghanistan’s justice system is in a catastrophic state of disrepair. Despite repeated pledges over the last nine years, the majority of Afghans still have little or no access to judicial institutions. Lack of justice has destabilised the country and judicial institutions have withered to near non-existence. Many courts are inoperable and those that
do function are understaffed. Insecurity, lack of proper training and low salaries have driven many judges and prosecutors from their jobs. Those who remain are highly
susceptible to corruption. Indeed, there is very little that is systematic about the legal system, and there is little evidence that the Afghan government has the resources or
political will to tackle the challenge. The public, consequently, has no confidence in the formal justice sector amid an atmosphere of impunity. A growing majority of Afghans have been forced to accept the rough justice of Taliban and criminal powerbrokers in areas of the country that lie beyond government control.

To reverse these trends, the Afghan government and international community must prioritise the rule of law as the primary pillar of a vigorous counter-insurgency strategy
that privileges the protection of rights equally alongside the protection of life. Restoration of judicial institutions must be at the front and centre of the strategy aimed at stabilising the country. The Afghan government must do more to ensure that judges, prosecutors and defence attorneys understand enough about the law to ensure its
fair application. Reinvigoration of the legal review process and the adoption of a more dynamic, coordinated approach to justice sector reform are critical to changing
the system. Justice is at the core of peace in Afghanistan and international engagement must hew to the fundamental goal of restoring the balance of powers in government and confronting governmental abuses, past and present. Urgent action is also needed to realign international assistance to strengthen support for legal education, case management, data collection and legal aid.

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Politics and Transition in the New South Sudan

This paper cautions that unless there is an opening of political space and a participatory transition, the soon to be independent government risks recreating the kind of centralised, authoritarian and ultimately unstable state it finally managed to escape. The ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) cobbled together an important, though tentative, Southern consensus ahead of the January 2011 referendum. But its choke-hold on power and a “winner-takes-all” approach to the transition have since jeopardised those gains. Meanwhile, armed insurgencies, militia activity and army defections highlight internal fault lines and latent grievances within the security sector. 

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Reforming Pakistan's Prison System

This report focuses on a deteriorating criminal justice sector that fails to prevent or prosecute crime and protects the powerful while victimising the underprivileged. Heavily overpopulated, understaffed and poorly managed, prisons have become a fertile breeding ground for criminality and militancy, with prisoners more likely to return to crime than to abandon it.

With outdated laws and procedures, bad practices and poor oversight, the criminal justice system is characterised by long detentions without trial and few distinctions made between minor and major criminals. Prisons have nearly 33,000 more prisoners than authorised, the large majority remand prisoners awaiting or on trial. Given weak accountability mechanisms for warders and prison superintendents, torture and other abuses are rampant and rarely checked. A permissive environment, along with abysmal living conditions, has made prisons a hotbed of drug abuse, violence, and criminality. Illegal detentions by the military, by exacerbating local grievances, also create a fertile ground for militant recruitment, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. 

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Haiti - Prison Reform and the Rule of Law

What risk does prison overcrowding, understaffing and insecurity pose for wider security and justice sector reform efforts in Haiti? This policy briefing from the International Crisis Group examines the problems facing the Haitian prison system. It argues that extreme prison overcrowding threatens Haiti’s security and stability. The most urgent need is to relieve existing prisons by using other space temporarily, while supporting the detention commission in accelerating treatment of pre-trial cases. These measures must be accompanied by construction to meet prison requirements for a generation.

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Les terres de la discorde (II) : restitution et réconciliation au Burundi

Depuis le début des années 2000, le Burundi est confronté au lourd héritage d’une longue guerre civile : la nécessité de réinstaller sur leurs terres des centaines de milliers de réfugiés et de déplacés injustement spoliés. Dans un contexte de tensions foncières dues à la forte croissance démographique et à la raréfaction des terres arables disponibles, la politique actuelle de restitution des terres, qui est essentielle pour la consolidation de la paix, est en train de la fragiliser et de réactiver les ressentiments à connotation ethnique. Celle-ci privilégie les droits des rapatriés au détriment des propriétaires actuels, qui ne sont pas tous des spoliateurs de guerre. Pour éviter la perception d’une restitution revancharde, une nouvelle politique de réconciliation foncière plus fidèle à l’accord de paix d’Arusha est indispensable.

Second tome d’un précédent rapport sur les échecs et insuffisances de la réforme foncière, ce rapport analyse le dilemme entre nécessité de restituer aux réfugiés leurs terres et impératif national de réconciliation. Il démontre qu’en l’absence d’équilibre entre ces deux objectifs, les restitutions risquent de raviver les tensions ethniques du passé et de créer de nouveaux ressentiments en réparant une injustice par une autre forme d’injustice.

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Les terres de la discorde (I) : la réforme foncière au Burundi

Pays essentiellement rural, le Burundi est confronté à deux problèmes fonciers. Le premier, structurel, concerne la gestion de la terre, cette ressource vitale qui se raréfie sous le coup de la croissance démographique. Le second, héritage de la guerre civile, concerne la situation des réfugiés et des déplacés qui ont été spoliés injustement. Le premier problème génère une violence diffuse dans la société burundaise et nécessite la relance de la réforme de la gouvernance foncière sur de nouvelles bases. Au lieu d’une réforme profonde des systèmes de gestion foncière, c’est une simple révision du code foncier qui a été mise en œuvre. Or en l’absence de véritable changement dans la gouvernance foncière, notamment en matière de règlement des conflits liés à la terre, cette question va continuer à cristalliser le ressentiment des populations qui s’estiment spoliées ou dont l’accès à la terre est limité, rendant ainsi plus probable l’éclatement de conflits futurs.

Ce rapport traite de l’épineux problème de la gestion des terres au Burundi. Il a pour but d’analyser les raisons de l’échec de la réforme du système foncier depuis la fin de la guerre civile et l’accord d’Arusha en 2000 et de proposer des pistes de solution pour promouvoir un véritable changement en matière de gouvernance foncière. Un second rapport analysera la question tout aussi complexe de la restitution des terres et propriétés des réfugiés et déplacés de la guerre civile.

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Liberia: Uneven Progress in Security Sector Reform

Little more than five years ago, Liberia was emerging from fourteen years of brutal war and pillage that had left it in ruins. today, it has a democratically elected president, and the security sector is experiencing reforms that are unprecedented not only in the country, but in the world. Under cover of a 15,000-strong UN peacekeeping force, it drew both its army and defence ministry to zero, in order to recruit, vet and train the personnel for these institutions from the ground up. Such "root and branch" security sector reform (SSR) was bold. But, given the many abuses perpetrated by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) both before and during the civil war, the vast majority of Liberians supported it.

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Congo: pas de stabilite au Kivu malgre le rapprochement avec le Rwanda

Le plan de résolution du conflit au Kivu consistant à privilégier la solution militaire s’avère être un échec. Deux années après le début du rapprochement entre le président Congolais Joseph Kabila et son homologue rwandais Paul Kagame, les soldats gouvernementaux sont encore aux prises avec des miliciens pour le contrôle des terres et des zones minières. Bien qu’aucune des deux parties n’ait réellement les capacités de prendre un ascendant définitif, elles ont toutes deux les ressources suffisantes pour prolonger la lutte. Dans le même temps, les civils subissent des violences extrêmes et la situation humanitaire se détériore. Les tensions ethniques se sont aggravées à l’annonce des plans de rapatriement de dizaines de milliers de réfugiés congolais qui ont fui au Rwanda durant les années 1990. Le Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies a observé la situation se dégrader à l’est du Congo sans s’opposer aux décisions de Kagame et Kabila.

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Guinea: Reforming the Army

The report outlines the armed forces’ evolution under independent Guinea’s three previous heads of state and the legacies for current reform efforts. Secondly, it looks at the current state of the military and (to a lesser extent) other security forces, considering recruitment issues, indiscipline, impunity, factionalisation, civil-military relations and life
in the armed forces. Thirdly, it considers the efforts at army reform and lays out a way to make them succeed.

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Guinea-Bissau: In Need of a State

This background report explains the challenges facing Guinea-Bissau. It is the first in a series of reports which will focus on the national and international policies
needed to take the country out of its incessant cycle of political crises and become a point of stability in the region.

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Haiti: Justice Reform and the Security Crisis

The dysfunctional state of Haiti’s justice system has impeded implementation of democratic reforms since the collapse of the Duvalier dictatorship. In spite of robust international efforts for six years following Aristide’s 1994 restoration, little lasting progress has been made, and there has even been regression in some areas. The lack of political will of successive Haitian governments has been the major factor but donor approaches have also suffered from flawed methodology.

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Haiti. Stabilisation and Reconstruction after the Quake

The earthquake that hit Haiti was the deadliest natural disaster ever in the Western Hemisphere. It caused enormous human suffering and physical destruction, the extent and impact of which were multiplied by the country’s longstanding structural problems, such as pervasive poverty, urban overcrowding, unplanned urbanisation and environmental degradation. A long history of corrupt and inefficient governments, centralised political power, extremely inequitable income distribution and by no means always benign foreign interventions has been immensely compounded by the natural disaster. The consequences threaten to undermine the slight progress toward stability and development that had been made since President René Préval took office in 2006.

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The Rule of Law in Independent Kosovo

This report surveys the Kosovo domestic legal system. More than two years after declaring independence, Kosovo struggles with uneven rule of law and a weak justice system that is failing its citizens. The police, public prosecutors and courts are erratic performers, prone to political interference and abuse of office. Organised crime and corruption are widespread and growing. Realising that prosperity, relations with the European Union (EU) and affirmation as an independent state depend on the rule of law, the government has taken important steps, replacing key officials and passing long-delayed reforms. But critical weaknesses remain, notably in the courts, and the government, supported by the international community, must act swiftly to curtail them.

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