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Ironies in Obama’s U.N. Address

Sep 25, 2014
"As Washington teams up with autocratic regimes–some of which notoriously use the cover of their faith to justify unfair policies–the United States may have credibility problems among the very people it hopes to help," writes Robin Wright.

Four Questions for Afghanistan’s Future

Sep 23, 2014
"Two bitter rivals in a bitterly divided nation will be sharing power under an arrangement that represents not the will of the Afghan people but a solution imposed by the international community," writes Michael Kugelman.

Central African Republic: Should the World Pay Attention?

Sep 18, 2014
"As the world focuses on the atrocities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a far more brutal scenario has been unfolding some 2,500 miles directly south of Damascus," writes Steve McDonald.

NATO’s Difficult Trifecta

Sep 03, 2014
"This week's NATO summit of sixty world leaders may be the most important such meeting since the organization—the world’s mightiest military alliance—was created, in 1949," writes Robin Wright.

Can China Prevent “Western Cultural Infiltration?”

Aug 29, 2014
Chinese leaders have identified U.S. and Western culture as threats to Chinese values and society. But as China becomes more engaged with the world, is it possible to encourage foreign investment while avoiding the power of pop culture?

Abdullah's Withdrawal Deals 'Heavy Blow' to Afghan Election Audit

Aug 29, 2014
A spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah says the Afghan presidential candidate will reject the results of the election audit. The move could deepen the crisis and prove catastrophic, said Michael Kugelman in this interview with Deutsche Welle.

What Next for US-Africa Engagement?

Aug 22, 2014
From August 4-6, 2014, the first ever US-Africa Summit took place in Washington, DC. The Africa Program and its colleagues provided daily coverage of the event and a variety of perspectives on what this means for US-Africa relations going forward.

Why Afghanistan Should Be Worried About Pakistan's Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
This month, Pakistan has experienced its most serious political crisis in years. While the outcome of the protests remains uncertain, this much is clear: The Pakistani military is the big winner. This is bad news for Pakistan's fragile democracy -- but also for fragile Afghanistan.

4 Reasons to Worry About Pakistan’s Latest Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
Nawaz Sharif scored a resounding victory in Pakistan’s national elections in May 2013. Just 15 months later, his government is fighting for its life.

The Kurdish Peace Process and Presidential Elections in Turkey

Aug 08, 2014
The August 10, 2014, presidential election in Turkey marks the first time voters will be able to directly elect their president. Current Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has held power since 2002, is one of several candidates. Many factors will shape the outcome of the elections: domestic problems such as the economy, infrastructure, and corruption, as well as external issues, such as energy transit and the crisis in Syria. In this policy brief, Global Europe Program Global Fellow Bülent Aras, along with Yasin Duman, explores one of the most important factors: the “Kurdish Question.” Will the new president continue Erdoğan’s work of moving towards a resolution to the protracted conflict? What would such a resolution entail?