On Peace
Scott Worden on Afghan Peace Talks

Scott Worden on Afghan Peace Talks

September 23, 2020

With talks finally underway between the Taliban and Afghan government, USIP’s Scott Worden says initial expectations should be tempered, as the chances for success are “low in the short term, but much higher than if the talks hadn’t begun,” adding, “you can’t end a war without starting a peace process.”

Kathleen Kuehnast on the Inaugural Women Building Peace Award

Kathleen Kuehnast on the Inaugural Women Building Peace Award

September 16, 2020

USIP’s Kathleen Kuehnast discusses the inspiring work of Women Building Peace Award recipient Rita Lopidia of South Sudan, as well as the other finalists, praising “the incredible resilience that each of these 10 women has brought to situations of inequality, of extreme violence, and despair.”

Don Jensen on Protests in Belarus and Russia’s Response

Don Jensen on Protests in Belarus and Russia’s Response

September 9, 2020

After an “obviously crooked election” in Belarus sparked massive protests, USIP’s Don Jensen says Russia is quietly using the situation to assert influence. If Moscow’s military presence in Belarus increases, “I think you’re going to see a much more forward projection of Russian power against NATO,” he said.

Robert Barron on the Abraham Accord

Robert Barron on the Abraham Accord

September 2, 2020

While a break from longstanding precedent, USIP’s Robert Barron says that normalization between Israel and the UAE was “perhaps a long time coming … [and] it definitely represents an upcoming generation of leadership in the Gulf.” Meanwhile, questions over Israel’s annexation plans continue to linger.

Susan Stigant on Mali’s Military Coup

Susan Stigant on Mali’s Military Coup

August 26, 2020

After months of public protests, a military coup has toppled Mali’s government. USIP’s Susan Stigant looks at the path forward, saying “there’s a real tension in trying to figure out how to restore that constitutional order without necessarily going back to the status quo prior to the coup.”

Sarhang Hamasaeed on the New Iraqi Prime Minister’s U.S. Visit

Sarhang Hamasaeed on the New Iraqi Prime Minister’s U.S. Visit

August 19, 2020

As Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi makes his first official visit to Washington, USIP’s Sarhang Hamasaeed says the trip is a chance to reset relations between the two countries, but “it’s really important to not define the relationship … just in terms of security,” and also focus on Iraq’s economic challenges and recovery from ISIS.

Osama Gharizi on the Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

Osama Gharizi on the Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion

August 13, 2020

In the wake of the Beirut explosion, USIP’s Osama Gharizi says much of the international aid is being channeled through NGOs and other third-party sources, as “there is a general loss of faith in the Lebanese establishment” after the prime minister and other officials were forced to resign.

Ambassador Hesham Youssef on a New Middle East Peace Quartet

Ambassador Hesham Youssef on a New Middle East Peace Quartet

August 6, 2020

With the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at a standstill, USIP’s Ambassador Hesham Youssef talks about a new, diverse quartet of states that can help reinvigorate talks, saying, “joining hands, they can influence both the Arab position and the European position.”

Jason Klocek on International Religious Freedom

Jason Klocek on International Religious Freedom

July 30, 2020

The global rise in religious discrimination and oppression risks creating new cycles of violence. USIP’s Jason Klocek says we must “rethink … some of the conventional wisdom we have about religious freedom and its relationship to peace and development” if we want to reverse this trend and prevent conflict.

Brian Harding on U.S.-China Competition in Southeast Asia

Brian Harding on U.S.-China Competition in Southeast Asia

July 22, 2020

As the United States and China focus more on Southeast Asia, USIP’s Brian Harding says the region’s 10 diverse nations have “become a pretty impressive bloc … [they] realize that U.S.-China competition is here to stay and they’re trying to do their best to navigate it and have agency of their own.”

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