Thursday, February 21, 2019
Afghanistan sometimes seems like a suicidal cat: bent on self-destruction, but having nine lives. It almost lost a life when the Kabul Bank collapsed in spectacular fashion in September 2010. Even before the diplomatic dustups over the weekend between President Hamid Karzai and the NATO-led coalition during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, last week’s verdict by the Special Tribunal established to prosecute those involved in the collapse looks like it might cost a...
More than three-fourths of Afghans live in rural areas. An Afghan Cabinet minister who oversees a development aid program for villages and settlements is appealing for continued U.S. support.
The idea that sexual violence in wartime and its aftermath is avoidable is such a new concept that ceasefire and peace agreements almost never included any mention of it, according to speakers at USIP’s Missing Peace Symposium.
“Trustable” presidential elections will be the linchpin for Afghanistan’s transition in the next two years, according to Fawzia Koofi, a member of Parliament and chairman of women’s affairs in the chamber. She told a USIP audience that Afghans feel burned by the lingering questions about the legitimacy of the last presidential elections in 2009.
USIP’s Mike Lekson and Bruce MacDonald, both former U.S. arms control officials give their take on the significance of North Korea’s latest move.
This week’s parliamentary elections catapulted Yair Lapid, relatively unknown outside Israel, into a surprising position of influence as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tries to form the next government. USIP’s Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen examines the possibilities.