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June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

People take part in morning prayers in Kabul

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

September 14, 2018

Afghanistan
Overcoming the Prisoner’s Dilemma to Reach Peace in Afghanistan

Furthering the peace process in Afghanistan will require overcoming a quintessential prisoner’s dilemma between the core parties to the conflict. 

Zalmay Khalilzad at United Nations headquarters in 2008

October 19, 2018

Cameroon
Cameroon's Future Uncertain Despite Biya's Impending Election Victory

As Cameroon-watchers await the official results of this month’s elections, the outcome is highly predictable—victories for the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) and for the long-serving incumbent president, eighty-five-year-old Paul Biya. But the country’s future is utterly uncertain.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya casts his ballot while his wife Chantal watches during the presidential election in Yaounde, Cameroon October 7, 2018.

October 16, 2018

Sexual Violence
The Nobel Committee’s #MeToo Moment

The Norwegian Nobel Committee had its #MeToo moment last week, awarding its peace prize to two courageous leaders in the fight against sexual violence in armed conflict. 

Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

October 12, 2018

Nigeria
Making Sense of Nigeria's Upcoming Presidential Election

Nigerian society and political behavior at all levels usually is shaped by patronage and clientage networks. Politically, there are few genuinely independent voters, in the sense that voters in, say, Vermont or Switzerland are completely free to vote for whomever they like. Clients usually vote as their patrons wish, and nearly everybody is both a patron and a client, from the top of society to rag pickers at the Lagos dump. 

Nigeria-President-Buhari

October 11, 2018

Cameroon
Refugees From Anglophone Cameroon Enter Nigeria, Straining Relations

Fighting between government forces and Anglophone separatist groups, particularly in the country’s North West and South West regions, has killed approximately 400 civilians and displaced some 246,000 people in the South West region alone as of August 2018. 

Cameroon-Nigeria-Anglophone-Refugees

October 11, 2018

China
Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar.

October 10, 2018

China
Who Controls the Tap? Addressing Water Security in Asia

The absence of a U.S. response to China’s encroachment on Asia’s rivers points to a failure to comprehend the regional implications of increased competition for water resources.

China water hydropower