Out of Texas, a Cowboy Solution to an Afghan Crisis - Bloomberg News

Thursday, December 2, 2021

News Type:USIP in the News

The idea began with urgent phone calls between United Nations agencies and an anonymous business executive in Texas. It’s resulted in a steady stream of much-needed currency into Afghanistan. Acting as an intermediary for one of Afghanistan’s richest men, the Texas-based businessman has helped arrange for warehouses of afghanis, the local currency, to be swapped with U.S. dollars held in the accounts of international humanitarian groups...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Libya: What's next for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi? - Middle East Eye

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

News Type:USIP in the News

Over the past week, a standoff in a lawless city nestled in Libya's desert badlands has been taking place between the second-eldest son of the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the father's one-time general, eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's attempts to contest a ruling disqualifying him as a candidate for Libya's upcoming presidential elections have been thwarted by the general, who over the past week dispatched fighters to the southern city of Sabha to blockade the court where a legal review of Gaddafi's appeal was set to take place...

Civilian-Military Relations

Washington Needs a Better Message in Africa Than ‘Don’t Trust China’ - Foreign Policy

Monday, November 29, 2021

By: Henry Tugendhat;  Kamissa Camara

News Type:USIP in the News

Chinese leaders are meeting this week with Africa’s political, military, and civil elites in Dakar, Senegal, for the eighth gathering of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). More African leaders have chosen to attend FOCAC than did the United Nations General Assembly, drawn to the former’s emphasis on cultivating partnerships based on national agendas...

Global Policy

US Institute of Peace delegation visits Islamabad Policy Research Institute - The News International

Friday, November 19, 2021

News Type:USIP in the News

A three member delegation of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), one of the premier US think tanks, visited Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on November 18, Wednesday, for a roundtable session on Afghanistan situation and Pak-US relations. The US delegation was headed by Vice-President Asia Programs Dr Andrew Wilder, Director South Asia Program Tamanna Salikuddin, and Country Representative USIP Pakistan Dr Adnan Rafiq...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

China Warms Up to Myanmar’s Generals - Foreign Policy

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

News Type:USIP in the News

In September, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) invited a representative from Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, to its virtual summit for political parties in South and Southeast Asia. The overture came shortly after Beijing’s special envoy for Asian affairs, Sun Guoxiang, paid a low-key visit to Myanmar, where he asked to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and was denied access by the authorities. Sun made another unannounced visit this month...

Civilian-Military Relations