For an Afghanistan Strategy, Put Peace Talks at the Fore

For an Afghanistan Strategy, Put Peace Talks at the Fore

Thursday, July 20, 2017

By: Andrew Wilder

Senior U.S. civilian and military officials frequently acknowledge that there is no military solution to the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, and that a peace process is needed to reach a politically negotiated end to the conflict. But for years, the military effort to win the war has sucked up the lion’s share of policy (and media) resources. Political efforts to negotiate peace remained a sideshow that never gained much traction. 

Democracy & Governance; Global Policy

Will 'Array of Wars' Persist in Iraq and Syria After ISIS?

Will 'Array of Wars' Persist in Iraq and Syria After ISIS?

Friday, June 30, 2017

By: Dr. Elie Abouaoun; Mona Yacoubian ; Robin Wright

The prospect of wresting the last territorial strongholds from the self-styled Islamic State extremist group—within weeks in Iraq and possibly within months in Syria—lends urgency to the question of how to address the lingering swirl of internal, regional and global conflicts. In a discussion today on Facebook Live, USIP Middle East and North Africa Director Elie Abouaoun, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and Senior Policy Scholar Mona Yacoubian explored the multiple factors...

Fragility and Resilience; Democracy & Governance; Violent Extremism

To Advance Peace in Burma, Take One Step Back

To Advance Peace in Burma, Take One Step Back

Thursday, June 22, 2017

By: Kyi Kyi Seinn

At Burma’s latest country-wide peace conference last month, participants made some progress toward broad agreements that can help end the country’s decades of ethnic conflicts. The talks advanced toward ideas for the country’s future in matters such as politics, the economy and principles for environmental policies. But not security.

Peace Processes; Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Libya’s Civil War: Brewing Terrorism in Europe

Libya’s Civil War: Brewing Terrorism in Europe

Thursday, June 15, 2017

By: Edward Jackson; Maral Noori

When Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Libyan-British man, detonated a suicide bomb among concert-goers in Manchester last month, his attack was the latest of several linked to the Libyan chapter of the Islamic State. Abedi, born and raised in England, committed the attack days after returning from the last of several visits to Libya.

Violent Extremism; Democracy & Governance; Fragility and Resilience