Seventeen Years After 9/11: Re-examining the Terrorist Threat

Seventeen Years After 9/11: Re-examining the Terrorist Threat

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

By: Rep. Lee Hamilton and Gov. Tom Kean

Seventeen years ago today, we experienced the gravest attack on our nation since World War II. Everything we thought we knew about protecting the safety of American citizens and security of our shores changed overnight. Americans came face-to-face with an unfamiliar enemy: violent extremists.

Fragility & Resilience

How Extremists Exploit Fragile States

How Extremists Exploit Fragile States

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By: Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States

Extremists have attempted to achieve their ideological objectives in different ways. Islamist militants in Algeria and Egypt waged bloody but unsuccessful insurgencies during the 1990s to overthrow those countries' regimes. Osama bin Laden blamed their failure on Western support for secular Middle Eastern states. He created al-Qaida to attack the United States and force it to withdraw from the region.

Fragility & Resilience

Fragile States Fail Their Citizens and Threaten Global Security

Fragile States Fail Their Citizens and Threaten Global Security

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

By: Task Force for Extremism in Fragile States

Under congressional mandate, USIP has convened the bipartisan Task Force for Extremism in Fragile States to design a comprehensive new strategy for addressing the underlying causes of violent extremism in fragile states. But what is a fragile state? And how does state fragility in the Middle East, Horn of Africa and the Sahel threaten American interests? In this excerpt from the Task Force’s forthcoming report, we dive into the conditions of fragility and how they seed the ground for extremism to take root.

Fragility & Resilience

Idlib: The Last Major Battle in the Syrian Civil War

Idlib: The Last Major Battle in the Syrian Civil War

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

By: Mona Yacoubian

The Syrian regime’s impending assault on Idlib, the last rebel-held enclave in Syria, could be among the bloodiest battles in Syria’s civil war with significant humanitarian and geopolitical consequences. The regime’s retaking of Idlib would mark a significant milestone in Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to re-establish his control over the war-torn country.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

The Perilous Path to Elections in the DRC

The Perilous Path to Elections in the DRC

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

By: Jonas Claes

Sighs of relief resounded throughout Central Africa and far beyond when Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), announced his decision to take a step back in the December 23 presidential elections. His support of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari (former interior minister and loyalist of Kabila’s PPRD) as the ruling party candidate removes the possibility that Kabila would ignore or eliminate term limits, which would further destabilize the fragile country.

Electoral Violence

Afghan Taliban Sidestep Cease-fire, But Peace Efforts Continue

Afghan Taliban Sidestep Cease-fire, But Peace Efforts Continue

Friday, August 24, 2018

By: Johnny Walsh

For several weeks, speculation has abounded in Afghanistan about whether the extraordinary Eid al Fitr cease-fire this past June would be repeated for Eid al-Adha, the Islamic holiday which in Afghanistan began on Tuesday. The Taliban maintained a studious silence on the matter, then launched a major assault on the city of Ghazni.

Peace Processes

Stabilizing the Middle East: A Shared Transatlantic Goal

Stabilizing the Middle East: A Shared Transatlantic Goal

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

By: Mona Yacoubian

In an era of global disorder—propelled by the intertwined dynamics of globalization and proliferating technology—the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) stand out as perhaps the most chaotic region. A proverbial “canary in the coal mine,” the MENA region’s numerous conflicts and endemic instability have exposed...

Global Policy

International Youth Day: My Generation Will Bring Peace to the World

International Youth Day: My Generation Will Bring Peace to the World

Thursday, August 9, 2018

By: Aluel Atem

South Sudan’s Aluel Atem created a women’s development organization, Crown the Woman-South Sudan, and helps other civil society organizations advocating for women and children’s rights. Aluel was one of 25 young civil society leaders from a dozen nations facing violent conflict whom USIP gathered in 2017 for training and...

Youth

Military Crackdown Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

Military Crackdown Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

Monday, August 6, 2018

By: Jonas Claes

Over 80 percent of eligible voters participated in Zimbabwe’s July 30 polls—a tense, reasonably competitive, and possibly historic election. After 37 years of authoritarian rule under former President Robert Mugabe, there was hope for a break with the past, with a halt to the political oppression of opposition members and civil society. But fears loomed large of a return to tyranny when protesting opposition members faced a violent response by the Zimbabwean army shortly after Election Day. 

Electoral Violence

Meeting the Global Threat to Freedom of Religion

Meeting the Global Threat to Freedom of Religion

Thursday, August 2, 2018

By: Susan Hayward ; Melissa Nozell

The first-ever ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ demonstrated U.S. commitment to protect those of all faiths and none from persecution. For nearly three decades, USIP has supported religious peacebuilders who work courageously to advocate for the political and social inclusion of those from all faiths, including in places like Iraq, Nigeria, Burma, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.

Religion