Tillerson Seeks to Stem Taliban Attacks with Kabul, Islamabad Visits

Tillerson Seeks to Stem Taliban Attacks with Kabul, Islamabad Visits

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

By: Jay Wise

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in brief stops in Kabul and Islamabad during a trip through the Middle East and Asia, sought to further emphasize the administration’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan and to press Pakistan for its support to the fight, says Jay Wise, a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow on Asia at USIP. Wise analyzes the visits this week and the prospects for the broader U.S. strategy for South Asia.

Violent Extremism; Global Policy

Iraq Faces New Tests After Hawija Offensive, Part 2

Iraq Faces New Tests After Hawija Offensive, Part 2

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

By: Sarhang Hamasaeed; Osama Gharizi

The military offensive to uproot ISIS from the northern Iraqi city of Hawija, entering a new phase this week, is aimed at clearing out an estimated 1,000-2,000 insurgents from what is one of the extremist group’s last Iraqi strongholds. The next battle will be the layers of ethnic, religious and sectarian tension that will complicate any recovery.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Colombia Peace: A Year in the Life of the New Accord with FARC

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

By: Steve Hege; Maria Antonia Montes

A year ago today, hundreds of joyous Colombians and world leaders gathered in the humid coastal city of Cartagena as the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a comprehensive settlement that once had seemed unattainable. But while implementation of the accord continues generally in the right direction, it is often traveling a bumpy road.

Peace Processes

China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Promises and Perils

China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Promises and Perils

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

By: Jennifer Staats ; Rachel Vandenbrink

China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure and investment plan is sending Chinese state-owned enterprises to build roads, ports, railways, and other projects in areas that more risk-averse companies traditionally avoid. From Asia to Africa, this massive initiative increasingly will engage China in areas afflicted by violent conflict.

Economics & Environment; Global Policy