The Taliban find themselves on the wrong side of an insurgency - The Economist

Friday, October 22, 2021

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As soon as the first gunshots echoed across the courtyard from the street outside, the congregation began to scatter. The worshippers at Kandahar’s Bibi Fatima mosque were all too aware of the fate of their fellow Shia Muslims in Kunduz a week earlier and immediately started running. The warning came too late. Suicide-bombers had shot their way into the building. Seconds later a cloud of dust engulfed the scene as they blew themselves up...

Violent Extremism

"Russia, Ukraine, and a Biden Doctrine" at the TCFR - Tulsa Public Radio

Thursday, October 21, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

Our guest is Ambassador William B. Taylor, who is Vice President of Strategic Stability and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace. From June 2019 to January 2020, he served as chargé d’affaires and acting ambassador at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv. He also served as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2006 to 2009. A longtime expert on, and participant in, the U.S. government's foreign service, Ambassador Taylor recently gave an address at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations (TCFR) titled "Russia, Ukraine, and a Biden Doctrine."

Global Policy

Blinken Holding Final Day of Talks in Colombia - Voice of America

Thursday, October 21, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The United States and Colombia are holding high-level talks Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wraps up a trip to the region that has included a focus on migration policy and upholding democracy. Blinken told reporters Wednesday after meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque that the two countries have many areas of potential cooperation, including in sectors such as cloud computing, health technology and agriculture...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Blinken Accents Democracy, Migration in Visits to Ecuador, Colombia - Voice of America

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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The United States is asking countries in the Western Hemisphere to step up pledges to tackle the immediate challenges of irregular migration as it expands eligibility for legal migration to the U.S. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks Wednesday with more than a dozen officials from Latin America at a regional migration ministerial in Bogota, Colombia. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas joined the gathering virtually...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Taliban Commander Who Launched Bombings in Kabul Is Now a Police Chief in Charge of Security - The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Mawlawi Zubair Mutmaeen used to run Taliban suicide-bombing squads in Kabul. On a recent day, in his new role as police chief for one of the Afghan capital’s districts, he was busy mediating a marital dispute. A woman clad in a burqa complained she could no longer live with her interfering mother-in-law. Clearly used to being in command, Mr. Mutmaeen lectured the husband that under Islamic law he must provide his wife with “shelter and other basic necessities.”

Violent Extremism

Blinken Makes Push for Democracy in South America - Voice of America

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

Antony Blinken is making a major push for democracy on his first journey to South America as U.S. secretary of state, visiting two stable democracies, Ecuador and Colombia, at a time of rising violence, authoritarianism and populism in the region. VOA Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports...

Global Policy

In Haiti, armed gangs tax the poor, extort the rich and do the bidding of the powerful - The Miami Herald

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Wearing the required white suit and black tie of Haitian leaders, Jimmy “Barbecue” Chérizier, a former cop turned wanted gang leader, walked up Sunday to the monument commemorating the assassination of the founding father of the nation, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and placed the traditional wreath at its feet before giving a military salute...

Violent Extremism

As Arab states normalise with Assad, US faces ‘dilemma’ in Syria - Al Jazeera

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

Absent an unforeseen event, experts say Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is not going to lose his grip on power any time soon – something that is moving many Arab countries to normalise relations with the government in Damascus. Thousands of kilometres away in Washington, DC, United States policy on Syria has become a balancing act between maintaining a rejection of Assad while pursuing “realistic” goals in the region...

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