Weekly Bulletin USIP

Election Edges Kenya Toward Democracy; Leaders Must Pursue Reconciliation, Reform

Post-election violence has killed 24 people as candidate Raila Odinga disputes the re-election of his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Still, the vote edges Kenya toward democracy, say USIP’s Ambassador Johnnie Carson and Jonas Claes. Odinga has stepped back from contesting the result in the streets, saying he will make his challenge in the courts—a reinforcement of the rule of law. Kenya needs a creative solution that lets Odinga accept his loss and that gives his supporters a continued stake in the system. And Kenyatta needs to address real public concerns, such as reducing corruption and improving governance, steps that don’t appear at hand.

A Strategy for Afghanistan: To Block ISIS, Test the Taliban

Former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley writes that the Trump administration can defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan by seeking a peace deal that includes the Taliban. As the administration weighs a new strategy, the alternative of a U.S. pullout would let the Afghan state collapse, opening space for groups, like ISIS, that would attempt terrorist attacks on the United States.

In Global Peace Efforts, A New Actor Takes the Stage

For many years China has avoided the role of mediator. But as President Xi Jinping seeks wider global roles for his nation, Beijing this year has made multiple offers to mediate in international conflicts. His recent offer to seek peace between Israel and the Palestinians reflects a pattern we will see again: China as a significant new player in the diplomacy, and politics of peacemaking.

On the Ground in Afghanistan: Slow Deterioration, and a Need to Be Tougher in Pakistan

USIP Afghanistan expert Scott Worden speaks with SiriusXM Radio about his recent trip to Kabul. As the U.S. weighs a new strategy against the decaying security situation, all Afghans are waiting for it. A key element should be tougher action against support from Pakistan for the Taliban, Worden says.

Nepal Progresses Slowly in Healing Its War—But Now Needs a Nudge Forward

A decade after Nepal’s civil war, people have filed more than 60,000 formal claims seeking justice for war-related crimes. Political and security elites seem unwilling to enforce accountability, perhaps because some among them will be implicated. But Nepalese are showing energy for forcing the issue forward.