The National interviewed CIC's Said Sabir Ibrahmi about discuss the Taliban's efforts to recruit from the Shiite Hazara community, which they have attacked in the past.
“The Taliban has never been an inclusive force; their leadership in Quetta and Peshawar and their political office in Doha are run by Sunni Pashtuns. They have had token Tajik commanders in the field, particularly in the north, but now they are trying to include some token Shia Hazaras in the mix,” Ibrahimi said.
CIC's Barnett Rubin is quoted in this article in War on the Rocks on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
"Barnett Rubin and Sultan Barakat have made a heartfelt plea in these pages to save the U.S. deal for a settlement in Afghanistan," Martin Skold writes, engaging their argument at length and reaching a different conclusion.
In a new column for Foreign Policy, CIC senior fellow James Traub writes about the post-pandemic struggle for global prestige and economic dominance, and argues that both the U.S. and China are losing the fight.
"If some model has emerged as the winner of this dreadful sweepstakes, it is not China’s authoritarian one but rather that of the democracies that share China’s 'Asian values' of collective discipline, deference to authority, and faith in the state," Traub said.
The Financial Mail cited the Congo Research Group's "I Need You, I Don’t Need You: South Africa and Inga III" report in this article on the hydroelectric project.
"Delays to the ambitious Inga 3 hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could be aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic, but SA has vowed to honour its commitment to the project—for the sake of the continent," the article notes.
In an interview for Matrix Mag, CIC's Barnett Rubin talks about what the COVID-19 pandemic means for the United States and its position in the global stage.
"How the pandemic affects global hegemony depends on how it affects the entire balance of power: hegemony is a relationship, not an inherent characteristic," Rubin said. "The U.S. will emerge from this only slowly with a weakened economy and a huge budget deficit the magnitude of which will certainly impact credit markets."