Eight actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated in March 2008, and four improved, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch. Controversial early results of Zimbabwe’s 29 March presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections have put President Mugabe under pressure to resign. Protests in Tibet turned violent on 14 March and unrest spread to Tibetan-populated areas of neighbouring provinces, prompting the deployment of thousands of police. In Kosovo, violence in Mitrovica and Belgrade’s push for partition underscored the fragility of the post-independence situation.
The situation improved in Comoros Islands, Cyprus, Pakistan, Taiwan Strait, pointing to conflict resolution opportunities for these countries.
For April 2008, Crisis Watch predicts Zimbabwe and Nepal as both Conflict Risk Alerts and Conflict Resolution Opportunities. It also identifies Cyprus and Uganda as Conflict Resolution Opportunities.