In Afghanistan, a Shocked Nation Again Asks Why

On April 21, ten Taliban fighters entered the main base of the Afghan Army’s 209th Corps and killed as many as 140 Afghan soldiers. It was not the first such incident. Nor will it be the last.

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The Saudi-Iran Proxy War in Yemen

The chaos has devastated Yemen and has the potential of allowing the likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to thrive.

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USIP works in 51 countries facing warfare and extremism, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Burma and Nigeria. On any given day, our staff work with partners in prime ministers’ offices and parliaments—and in refugee camps and community centers—building peaceful solutions to bloodshed.

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South Africa’s Crisis: What Does it Mean for Democracy?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Join the U.S. Institute of Peace on May 9 as former President Kgalema Motlanthe discusses his views on democracy in South Africa and the national elections in 2019.