In a CGTN video on the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, CIC director Sarah Cliffe comments on the geopolitical factors complicating multilateralism today.
"For powers who are in relative decline, there may be a temptation to act defensively," Cliffe said. "For powers on the rise, relatively, there may be a temptation for them to believe that they can wait five years, until their power is even less contested, before coming forward to negotiate."
Congo Research Group's Fred Bauma was quoted in a Reuters article about recent protests in Kinshasa.
The protests erupted over a proposed law opposed by supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi. "The tension and frustration felt by Tshisekedi's party long predates the current events, said Fred Bauma from the Congo Research Group at New York University. The proposed law 'is just a trigger,' he told Reuters."
CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by TOLOnews about former National Security Advisor John Bolton's new book, and what it reveals about President Trump's policy on Afghanistan.
"The main thing it shows is that President Trump doesn’t know anything about Afghanistan, he doesn’t care about Afghanistan. He just wants to get out of Afghanistan, but he wants to get out of Afghanistan in a way that is good for his reelection and that he doesn’t care about anything else at all," Rubin is quoted saying.
Bloomberg interviewed Congo Research Group's Fred Bauma about the sentencing of President Felix Tshisekedi's former chief of staff Vital Kamerhe on corruption charges.
“The verdict gives hope to Congolese who continue to decry the theft of their resources by political elites and the impunity they’ve enjoyed until now,” Bauma said. “However, Vital isn’t the only guilty one and justice will be incomplete if he’s the sole person prosecuted and convicted.”
CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by Gandhara about Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan, which have been flagged as the "number one impediment to defeating the insurgency inside Afghanistan that now controls one-third of the country’s rural areas."
“If and only if the political agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban provides for demobilization and repatriation of Taliban fighters, including those in Pakistan, Pakistan will help implement the agreement and move against any who resist it,” Rubin said.