Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

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.

Talking North Korea in Hollywood

In Hollywood, North Korea means drama. Films like The Interview (2014) or Red Dawn (2012) entertain and alarm at the same time. The fictional story of an attempt by CIA agents to assassinate Kim Jong-un, The Interview caused North Korea to mount a cyberattack on the distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment. In Red Dawn, a group of American high school students stand up against North Korean troops invading the U.S. mainland.

AfPak File Podcast: Gauging The Prospects Of Talking Peace With The Taliban In Afghanistan

As the United States seeks to wind down the longest war in its history in Afghanistan, talking to the Taliban about an eventual end to fighting has emerged as the preferred course in Washington and elsewhere.

In recent months, we have seen the appointment of a U.S. special envoy to carry this process forward while the Taliban and the Afghan government engaged in a brief ceasefire in June. Most of Afghanistan's neighbors have also extended rhetorical support to the peace process.

U.S.-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

On September 13, 2018 Asia Program Director Abraham M. Denmark spoke at the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2018 for Plenary Session II: Strategic Balance in Northeast Asia: Cooperation and Confidence Building.  Below are his prepared remarks.


US-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula

National Resilience in Ukraine Since 2014

The Ukraine conflict in 2014 has illuminated the resilience of the Ukrainian nation in the face of protracted conflict and violence. Based on more than 20 interviews with local and international experts conducted in Kyiv in August 2018, Professor Korostelina described Ukraine's dynamic model of resilience. This included reformed institutional practices as well as the dynamics of identity and power.

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