How Afghans View the New U.S. Strategy

How Afghans View the New U.S. Strategy

Thursday, August 24, 2017

By: Shahmahmood Miakhel

Afghanistan’s leaders are mostly breathing a sigh of relief at the release of the new U.S. strategy after such a long delay. President Trump’s speech featured important reassurances to Afghanistan and some useful warnings all around. But it also leaves questions about the difficulty of reaching the goals that both the Afghan and U.S. governments have set out.

Democracy & Governance; Global Policy; Violent Extremism

Drought, Al-Shabab Threaten Somalia’s Recovery Plan

Drought, Al-Shabab Threaten Somalia’s Recovery Plan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

By: Corinne Graff

Somalia is one of four countries, along with Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria, threatened with famine this year. Drought and conflict have already pushed nearly 3 million Somalis—roughly the size of Chicago’s population--to the brink of starvation, an unimaginable scale of human suffering. Worse yet is that history could repeat itself—less than a decade ago, famine killed nearly 260,000 Somalis, half of them children under 5. But the situation is different this time in at least two important ways.

Fragility & Resilience; Economics & Environment

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