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

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 & Resilience; Democracy & Governance; Violent Extremism