Can the World Get Aid to Afghanistan? - The Diplomat

Friday, September 24, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The troubled nation of Afghanistan, set in unforgiving deserts and the foothills of the Hindu Kush, is once again sagging under the yoke of a medieval-minded regime that enforces draconian punishments and gender rules that echo those of 16th or 17th century Europe. According to international experts trying to come up with a viable plan to help oppressed and underfed Afghans, the truth of Afghanistan in 2021 is significantly stranger than an imaginary dystopia...

Global Policy

Is There Such Thing as a Good Coup in Africa? - Pan African Visions

Friday, September 24, 2021

By: Jude Mutah

News Type: USIP in the News

Although not a new phenomenon in Africa, military takeovers or coups occurred with disturbing frequency over the last year, writes Dr. Jude Mutah, an Africa program specialist at the United States Institute of Peace and a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). While experts argue that democracy is backsliding or shrinking in Africa, recent developments prompt the question: were democratic values ever really embedded...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

NPR's History Podcast 'Throughline' Examines The Rise Of The Taliban - NPR

Thursday, September 23, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan over a month ago. The last time they rose to power was in 1996, promising order through a strict interpretation of Sharia law. But how did they become the dominant force in Afghanistan? Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei, hosts of NPR's History podcast Throughline, look at the origins of the Taliban, starting with the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan more than 40 years ago...

Violent Extremism

USIP Announces 2021-2022 Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows

Thursday, September 16, 2021

News Type: Announcement

The U.S. Institute of Peace is pleased to announce the 2021-22 cohort of Peace Scholar Fellows. This year 115 applicants from 88 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The 18 award recipients demonstrated the greatest potential to advance the peacebuilding field and the strongest likelihood to inform policy and practice.

America’s Perennial Pakistan Problem - Foreign Affairs

Thursday, September 9, 2021

News Type: USIP in the News

The U.S. failure in Afghanistan also reflects the failure of Washington’s approach to Pakistan. Islamabad has been the Taliban’s most important foreign sponsor: it helped birth the group in the 1990s, then worked against the United States to enable its survival and resurgence. Today, prominent members of Pakistan’s security establishment are cheering the Taliban’s return to power in Kabul. Despite...

Global Policy