Trump's activist envoy holds direct talks with Taliban - Washington Times

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

In an unlikely career renaissance, onetime neoconservative darling and Iraq War supporter Zalmay Khalilzad has re-emerged as President Trump’s top envoy in Afghanistan. The Afghan-born Mr. Khalilzad, who made his mark in the George W. Bush White House navigating Washington’s Iraq war policy in the wake of 2003 invasion, is not wasting any time as he seeks to forge an elusive peace deal in America’s longest war, holding three days of talks with top members of the Taliban in Qatar last week. The direct talks with the Afghan Islamist insurgency group...

National Defense Strategy Commission Releases Its Review of 2018 National Defense Strategy

National Defense Strategy Commission Releases Its Review of 2018 National Defense Strategy

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

News Type: Press Release

The National Defense Strategy Commission (NDSC), a congressionally mandated panel charged with examining and making recommendations with respect to the national defense strategy for the United States and whose work has been facilitated by the United States Institute of Peace, released its final report on November 14, 2018.

Ahead of US-ASEAN Summit, US Regional Strategy Unclear - VOA

Friday, November 9, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

U.S.Vice President Mike Pence will be attending the US-ASEAN Summit in Singapore and the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in mid-November, where he is expected to highlight the Trump administration's vision of a "free and open Indo-Pacific." The strategy was designed to replace the Obama-era "Pivot to Asia," but as White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara reports, many are still unclear about what this strategy means.

Will South Sudan's New Peace Agreement Hold This Time? - NPR

Thursday, November 8, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese cheered, paraded and danced around the grounds of the John Garang Memorial Park in the capital city of Juba last week, celebrating a fresh peace deal. It was a striking change of mood for a country that has seen little joy in the past five years, ripped apart by a civil war that has displaced millions and left hundreds of thousands dead. Rebel leader, Riek Machar, who once served as the country's vice president, had flown back from exile and took the stage last Thursday along with South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir. The arch...

Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

News Type: Announcement

A few Nigerian newspapers reported erroneously this week that the U.S. Institute of Peace has made a prediction about the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election. USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.

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Ahead of US-ASEAN Summit, Authoritarianism Rising in South East Asia - VOA

Friday, November 2, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

Asian leaders will be meeting at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore Nov. 15. Despite evidence of rising authoritarianism, human rights violations and regression of democracy in the region, these issues won't be high on the agenda. What is causing this trend, and why is the Trump administration largely silent on it? White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.

A Story of Leadership and Fatal Missed Opportunity - Foreign Policy

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

By: George E. Moose

News Type: USIP in the News

Washington being Washington, the expectation is that books born in this city should focus on matters of high policy. On that front, Prudence Bushnell’s account of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya—and that of its counterpart in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania—on Aug. 7, 1998, does not disappoint. Indeed, her book, Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings, raises important questions about how the Washington policy establishment missed the clues that might have allowed it to foresee, and possibly prevent...

Russia’s Roadmap to Exiting Ukraine - Moscow Times

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

By: Charles North

News Type: USIP in the News

In its fifth year, Russia's armed aggression in Ukraine's Donbas region has become a costly burden with little strategic benefit. Ukraine, having lost over 10,000 lives, is more united against Russia — and more connected to Europe. Sanctions have heightened Russia’s isolation and forced it to cut spending, leading to protests over the government’s raising of the retirement age. Meanwhile, Russia’s continued military presence in Donbas blocks all Russian hopes of restoring dialogue with the West on shaping security in Europe. While we cannot know when or...

In Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, delayed parliamentary vote tense but peaceful - Washington Post

Saturday, October 27, 2018

News Type: USIP in the News

Amid high tension and tight security, tens of thousands of voters lined up Saturday across southern Kandahar province, where polling in Afghan parliamentary elections was held one week late after the provincial police chief was assassinated in a shooting claimed by the Taliban. By late afternoon, no insurgent attacks or other violence were reported at more than 1,100 polling stations, where about half a million voters had registered to choose among 111 candidates competing for 11 legislative seats. Many voting sites opened late or suffered from...