Weekly Bulletin USIP

With Key Iraqi Province Recaptured from ISIS, Who Will Really Be In Control?

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces that recaptured Mosul from ISIS in July went on to recover the rest of Nineveh Province last week. The area of Tal Afar was especially critical, given its ethnic, religious and sectarian mix. USIP's Sarhang Hamasaeed takes a closer look at what these gains mean for peace and stability in Iraq and, in areas freed from the grip of ISIS, who is really in control now.

Tunisia’s Future Leaders Bridge Islamist, Secular Divide

Tunisia’s university student unions are affiliated with national political parties and nurture many of the country’s future leaders. But they also reflect the society’s power struggles, economic malaise and other tensions that can fuel extremism. On one campus, rival unions are overcoming deep distrust and carving out ways to resolve disputes without violence, including an unprecedented code of conduct.

Election Process in Liberia Calm Today, But Will it Last?

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is preparing to step down after two terms in office, ushering in the country’s first post-war transition between democratically elected governments. But budget gaps and institutional weaknesses may hamper efforts for a peaceful Oct. 10 election. Jonas Claes and Inken von Borzyskowski examine what Liberia and its international supporters have done to prevent violence.

China’s 'Belt and Road' Initiative: Promises and Perils

How can governments facing violent conflicts leverage Chinese investments to advance peace? Jennifer Staats and Rachel Vandenbrink look at how Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Burma have handled their partnerships with China and what will be needed to avoid aggravating local conflicts.

Kenya’s Surprise Election Ruling Should Spur Upgrades

Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Susan Stigant, Jonas Claes and Aly Verjee analyze the ramifications of the Kenyan Supreme Court’s call for a rerun of the recent presidential election. Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta still is favored to win, but the electoral commission will have to regain citizens’ trust.