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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.

U.S., Mexico Defy Expectations by Cooperating on Immigration

Mexico and the United States are defying expectations by identifying ways to cooperate on the contentious issues surrounding migration. 

Since Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), took office on Dec. 1, U.S. and Mexican officials have hammered out a dual-track approach to tackling the flow and management of migrants heading northward from Central America to Mexico and the United States.   

One track is a cooperative multi-year strategy designed to help keep potential migrants in their home regions by creating new economic opportunities.

A Turning Point for U.S. Economic Leadership in Asia?

Fears of the latest G20 meeting in Buenos Aires collapsing were unwarranted. Unlike the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea in November which failed to come up with a joint statement among the member countries, the G20 were able to unite in calling for fair and sustainable development. In fact, the G20 meetings actually exceeded expectations insofar as a truce was seemingly reached between the United States and China. In hindsight, however, the G20 summit of 2018 may actually be cited as the beginning of a greater schism among member countries and a potential unraveling of the group.

U.S.-China Relations: From Huawei to Trade Wars

Is this a moment of ebb or flow in the “tide of difficulties in U.S.-China relations”? In the latest episode of Wilson Center NOW, Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly discusses the Huawei “hostage” situation, the 90-day trade-war truce, and the complicated current of bilateral ties.


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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The Big Opportunity for U.S.-Pakistan Relations in Afghanistan

In early December, Pakistani officials revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump had sent a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asking Islamabad to help Washington launch a peace process to end the war in Afghanistan.