Aid groups wait in the wings during Venezuela aid standoff - Devex

Friday, February 8, 2019

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Amid a standoff over aid delivery into Venezuela, humanitarian organizations are refraining from taking political positions that could jeopardize getting aid to the people who need it most. The Venezuelan military, acting under orders from President Nicolás Maduro, is currently blocking humanitarian assistance from entering the country via the Colombian border. But the U.S...

Preventing Violence in Ukraine Following Church Independence - Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Thursday, February 7, 2019

By: William B. Taylor

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In January, Ukraine’s Orthodox church won independence following 332 years of Russian control – a powerful blow to Russia’s ability to exert influence in Ukraine and across the Orthodox world. Ukrainian officials recognize that the Kremlin will respond, likely by provoking violence at Ukrainian churches. The Ukrainian government and the newly created...

Taliban peace talks face skepticism from lawmakers - The Hill

Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Lawmakers and foreign policy experts alike are warning that the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan won’t go as smoothly as the Trump administration has portrayed. Administration officials of late have touted an initial framework for a peace deal, currently in the works between U.S. and Taliban officials, to end the now 18-year war and...

Afghan peace talks result of US’ military pressure on Taliban Trump - Press Trust of India

Friday, February 1, 2019

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US President Donald Trump on Friday claimed that the Afghan peace talks, which is expected to bring a breakthrough in the 18-year conflict, are the result of America's military pressure on the Taliban. Last month, Trump had said regional countries like Russia and India should play a more active role in resolving the Afghan conflict. "We spend USD 50 billion...

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance - Foreign Policy

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Parwin is dying from cancer, her time running out. There is no radiation available, and chemotherapy might not save her. But it isn’t just her life she’s worried about—it’s the future of her daughter Fatema, who had planned to go to college to become a midwife. If Parwin dies of breast cancer, her husband will likely pull Fatema out of school and...

How Toxic Masculinity Threatens Peace in Afghanistan - New Republic

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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What does it mean to be a man? In the United States, that’s a debate recently stoked by a Gillette ad about harmful masculine norms, as well as the American Psychological Association’s new guidelines to help therapists work with men and boys...

The Importance of Rebuilding Social Cohesion in Iraq Post-ISIS - The Brief

Friday, January 25, 2019

By: Dr. Elie Abouaoun

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Pastel ribbons and balloons tied to armored military vehicles danced in the dusty breeze at checkpoints across Baghdad on December 10, as part of a national holiday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Iraq’s victory over the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Children offered paper flowers to Iraqi soldiers to thank them for their service, and...