Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding News

Saudi Arabia's Yemen War Unravels

May 11, 2015
"The main Saudi concern is that Yemen is headed toward becoming another Lebanon of fragmented religious communities and independent foreign-backed militia like the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia, which is widely viewed as Iran's proxy there," writes David Ottaway.

Iran and the Bomb: Why the U.S. Can’t Ride the Iranian Tiger

May 01, 2015
"The Obama Administration believes it can use a nuclear agreement with Iran to ride and even domesticate the Persian tiger, harnessing its expansionist instincts to serve American interests. That’s not likely," writes Aaron David Miller.

The EU May Soon have Gazprom and Vladimir Putin Running on Fumes

May 01, 2015
"For all of President Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about Russian nationalism and economic self-reliance, he finds himself surprisingly constrained in his ability to respond to the European Commission’s action against Gazprom. Yet Putin will have to respond at a time when the country’s energy and economic options are limited. He also has to swallow the European Union’s reminder that even after Ukraine, Russia is not an international rule maker," writes William E. Pomeranz.

Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

May 01, 2015
Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out? Aaron David Miller interviews the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and the Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof (formerly Obama’s special advisor for the Syrian transition), two of the finest analysts of Syrian politics.

Colombia peace talks survive Cauca storm, but danger lurks

Apr 21, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about peace talks between Colombia’s government and The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

El mini ministerio de seguridad de Naranjo

Apr 17, 2015
Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón is identified as one of the informal advisers of Colombia’s former Chief of Police Oscar Naranjo, who serves as Minister for Post-Conflict. This article is in Spanish.

El mundo, a la expectativa del proceso de paz

Apr 16, 2015
Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted in this article regarding the peace talks in Colombia with the FARC. This article is in Spanish.

Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution 2015-16

Apr 15, 2015
Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 competition for the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

Attack Roils Colombian Peace Talks

Apr 15, 2015
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the escalation of hostilities between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist rebel group, and the Colombian military even as negotiators meet for peace talks.

There Are No ‘Good’ Iran Deals, Only Varying Degrees of Risk

Apr 06, 2015
"Negotiating with Iran in an effort to slow its nuclear program and avoid war is the least bad alternative. But there are no good deals that will end Iran’s nuclear weapons aspirations, only ones with varying degrees of risk," writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.

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