Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

New Survey Release: What Do Afghans Think About Current Peace and Reconciliation Efforts?

Afghanistan is witnessing stepped-up efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. These include U.S. talks with the Taliban, an intra-Afghan dialogue with the Taliban, and a planned large gathering of Afghan politicians and other leaders to discuss potential paths toward peace. But what do Afghans really think about these efforts? This event marks the release of a new survey gauging public opinion on negotiations, ceasefires, the viability of a durable peace, and preferred political systems, among other issues.

Forced African Migration to the U.S. Through the Lens of Memory Studies

Against the backdrop of the 400th anniversary of forced African migration in the United States, in this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Arnaud Kurze, Wilson Center Global Fellow, and Vjeran Pavlakovic, a former Wilson Center Fellow, who reflect on U.S. memory politics and the responsibility to reckon with one of the country’s dark chapters in history.

Could a Zelensky Presidency Prove a Breakthrough for Conflict Resolution in the Donbas?


The Islamic State After the Fall of the Caliphate

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by Middle East Program Fellow Amy Austin Holmes who was conducting research in Northeast Syria on the day coalition forces declared the territorial defeat of the Islamic State. Amy discusses her work conducting surveys with Kurdish, Arab, and Syriac Christian members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as well as the political and economic outlook for this war-torn region of Syria.

The 2019 India-Pakistan Crisis

In February of 2019, India and Pakistan had their most serious confrontation in nearly twenty years.  Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman provided historical context and analysis in the days surrounding the crisis.


India-Pakistan and the Threat of War (Wilson Center NOW):

'Steak and Kimchi': Jean Lee on the Start of Trump-Kim 2

What’s unfolding in Hanoi is as dumbfounding as it was in Singapore: the president of the United States sitting down for steak and kimchi with the leader of an enemy state and calling him “my friend.”

There are two ways to look at this: as grand theater designed to give these two leaders the drama and legitimacy they crave, or a historic moment with the potential to transform the long-fractured U.S.-North Korean relationship.