Friday, April 7, 2017
That’s why initiatives such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, President George W. Bush’s landmark initiative to curb HIV infections, are so important. It’s why relatively small programs such as the U.S. Institute of Peace and the East-West Center can have a big impact on foreign views of the U.S.
USIP Middle East and Africa Center Vice President Mike Yaffe spoke to SiriusXM POTUS Ch. 124 about increased U.S. engagement in Syria and the role of other outside players including Russia, Turkey and Iran.
With the missile strikes — retaliation for the Assad regime’s suspected role in a chemical weapons attack — US President Donald Trump grabbed the attention of the players in the Syrian crisis. Elie Abouaoun, director of Middle East and Africa Programmes at the US Institute of Peace, a non-partisan think-tank, said the attack on the al-Shayrat airbase told Moscow: “We are back on stage. You are not alone anymore.”
U.S. Institute of Peace Executive Vice President William B. Taylor appeared on BBC World News America to discuss ISIS in Afghanistan and the Trump Administration’s strategy review being led by National Security Advisory H.R. McMaster. Taylor underscored that military options in Afghanistan and the Middle East need to be complemented by a corresponding political strategy.
Taylor said Manafort visited him regularly in Kiev, Ukraine's capital. "He was very transparent about his policy recommendations and political recommendations and style recommendations to Yanukovych," recalled Taylor, now the executive vice president of the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington.
“By NATO's own estimates, it's something like 800 fighters countrywide, a big drop over past year,” Colin Cookman, an Afghanistan expert at the United States Institute of Peace, tweeted.
Efforts to dismantle ISIS strongholds have been concentrated in Iraq and Syria. But a small stronghold of fighters made up of former Taliban members has grown in eastern Afghanistan since 2014. The group is known as Islamic State Khorasan, according to a U.S. Institute for Peace report released in November.
So where do things stand today? How far or near, in fact, is Colombia from peace? It’s happening, slowly but surely, says Virginia Bouvier, a senior advisor for peace processes at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in this podcast with AS/COA Online’s Holly K. Sonneland.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party has been in office for only a year, but by-elections held earlier this month are one signal of discontent among many. The contest over 19 seats was not large enough to be a game changer, and voter turnout was fairly low, yet the results are an indicator of the public's view of the National League for Democracy's performance thus far.
“We haven’t gained ground [on cease-fire negotiations] because there is never a sense that Assad will be held accountable for the brutal assault against his civilians,” said Nancy Lindborg, president of the congressionally funded United States Institute of Peace.