In a new column for Foreign Policy, Non-Resident Fellow James Traub argues changing US policy on Syria is forcing an overdue conversation about America's role in the Middle East.
Traub draws on Democratic presidential candidates' debate statements about President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria to explore the emerging "dogma of restraint" and its implications for the future.
CIC's Congo Research Group Director Jason Stearns was interviewed in an article in The Nation about the human impact of conflict in Congo.
“The fighting in recent years shows that peace and stability in eastern Congo are elusive,” Stearns said. “A comprehensive approach is needed, including an invigorated demobilization program and deep-seated reforms at every level of the state to counter impunity.”
For Foreign Policy, CIC Non-Resident Fellow James Traub reviews recently published memoirs by Susan Rice and Samantha Power.
In the review, Traub evaluates former National Security Advisor Susan Rice's Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power's The Education of an Idealist, and explores what they reveal about the Obama administration's approach to foreign policy.
CIC Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi was quoted in El Periódico about the peace negotiations with Taliban in Afghanistan.
"The Taliban never accepted a ceasefire," Ibrahimi said. "If an agreement had been signed in Doha, we would not know what would have happened between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Really ending the war would have needed much more. There has been no dialogue between the different Afghan factions. "
Leah Zamore, CIC's Humanitarian Crises Program director, spoke to The New Humanitarian about the "triple nexus": the effort to coordinate humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding work. "The aspiration is systemic change,” she said regarding the effectiveness of the approach in practice, “and that invariably takes time."
Read the full article at The New Humanitarianhere.
Congo Research Group Director Jason Stearns was interviewed by The New Yorker about the return of opposition political leader Moïse Katumbi Chapwe after three years in exile. “We need to be careful about seeing him as a hero," Stearns said, raising concerns about populism and conflicts of interest in Katumbi's political history.
Barnett Rubin, Associate Director of CIC's Afghanistan Pakistan Regional Project, spoke with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty about about President Trump's decision regarding peace negotiations with the Taliban.
Read the full article on RFE/RL's Ghandara site here.