When he’s not teaching, Alex Kühni goes to war. As a war journalist he documents the conflicts that take place in this world. His goal is to raise the awareness of people living in the West. In order to do this, he often risks his life. Kühni won this year\'s Swiss Press Photo Award in the abroad category. This is an interview that hovers between the classroom and the war front
The annual analysis for 2018 provides an overview of current and emerging points of conflict and offers an assessment of their development. This issue focuses on the Middle East with its rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, who both seek to control the region. Tensions are expected in Europe as well, however: Poland is rubbing its citizens and the EU up the wrong way with its policies. A look at Latin America shows that the coming months will be decisive for Brazil: elections will take place this year, all while investigations into the Petrobras scandal continue and some regions struggle with growing financial concerns. The annual analysis cannot claim to be comprehensive. Rather, it is intended to provide assistance to Soliswiss members, travelers and Swiss citizens abroad as well as highlight developments.
In August we received the first reports of the Rohingya people’s mass exodus from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh. The unrest in parts of Myanmar is not a new development, but what is noteworthy is the timing of its escalation. This hotspot article looks at why the conflict has escalated at this point in time and who benefits from the turmoil within Myanmar.
Living for almost a year in a civil war zone, the situation seems hopeless and a resolution to the conflict is a long way off. This is exactly what Martin Markovic experienced. He was in South Sudan with the International Committee of the Red Cross whose primary objective is to minimize the impact of war on the population. Now back in Switzerland, the 33-year-old tells us about his day-to-day life, which is hard for us to imagine in Switzerland, about working for an aid organization and about what makes negotiations on the ground so difficult.
Which conflicts will concern us this year? The annual analysis provides plausible answers to this question. In addition, new risk zones will be revealed and the development of ongoing crises assessed. Our partner, Conias Risk Intelligence, has contributed informative risk maps to the annual analysis, which contain de-tailed information about risk levels.