Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

What To Look For in 2019: The Year Ahead in Asia

America In Search of an Asia Strategy

U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Will Endanger Kurds, Arabs, Christians

This article was originally published in The Hill.

Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria will embolden our adversaries, including Iran, Russia and Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, and weaken and betray our Kurdish and Arab partners in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

What's Next for the United States in Afghanistan?

This article originally appeared in Al Jazeera

Zalmay Khalilzad is likely not a happy man right now.

Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, had been on an urgent mission: Launch a peace process with the Taliban, and launch it soon. With U.S. President Donald Trump eager to wind down the war, Washington has been eager to get a deal to give the president cover for a withdrawal.

Is There Any Hope for Yemen?

Does Yemen have a future beyond the violent civil strife; intervention by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran; and the famine and disease that have plagued the country in recent years? What are the prospects for UN-mediated talks? And what is an appropriate U.S. policy toward the conflict?
 
Three experienced observers of Yemen addressed these and related questions in a wide-ranging discussion on the country’s future.
 

 

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After Abbas: Contextualizing Palestinian Political Succession

Until Death Do Us Part

“It’s possible that this is my final meeting with you. No one knows how long [I] will live. No one can force a political plan upon me that I don’t want. Only what I want will happen; I will not end my life with betrayal!”[1]

Kujenga Amani Podcast: Dr. Monde Muyangwa Discusses Peacebuilding and Security in Africa in this New Episode!

Dr. Monde Muyangwa joined Mr. Mwangi Thuita of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for Kujenga Amani, a podcast series that provides listeners with informative commentary by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of African peacebuilding. 

A New Path Forward: Charting a Roadmap to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

As the relationship between North Korea and the United States goes through twists and turns, with the last-minute postponement of a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea’s former intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol in early November, policy experts and government officials in South Korea and the United States are left debating how to rekindle the will for denuclearization talks.

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