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President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan last month in Kabul.

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan last month in Kabul, where his government made a sweeping offer to bring the Taliban to negotiations. CreditShah Marai/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

CIC Senior Fellow Barnett Rubin is referenced in this New York Times article about the war in Afghanistan. 

Mar 27, 2018
Afghanistan

Three American presidents have spent nearly 16 years alternately cajoling, coaxing, threatening and bombing Pakistan, all with a goal of trying to change the Pakistani government’s decisions about the factions it supports in Afghanistan’s desperate civil war.

Aug 23, 2017
Barnett Rubin

The United States can best achieve its objective of denying international terrorists sanctuary in Afghanistan by implementing an integrated diplomatic and military strategy.

Feb 01, 2017
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Did a group of bishops just disarm one of the most explosive political problems in Africa?

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, with crowds waiting anxiously in the streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Catholic bishops announced a deal that could calm a very turbulent nation.

Jan 04, 2017
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up.

Dec 19, 2016
Jeffrey Gettleman, Jason Stearns
Sub-Saharan Africa

In the genteel, carpeted halls of the United Nations headquarters, a 20-minute walk from Trump Tower, diplomats from the world over are holding their breath about the American president-elect.

Nov 21, 2016
Somini Sengupta, Rick Gladstone, Sarah Cliffe
United States
United Nations

To the Editor:

A Former Taliban Minister Senses a Growing Demand for Afghan Peace” (The Saturday Profile, Sept. 10), about Agha Jan Motasim, a former Taliban leader, reports that “an early attempt to seek reconciliation” between the Taliban and the Afghan government “through the governor of Kandahar was rejected, so the Taliban had no other choice but to fight.”

Sep 19, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Afghanistan, Pakistan

Early on Saturday, a middle-aged Pashtun man used forged documents to cross from Iran into Pakistan. A few hours later, on a lonely stretch of highway, he was incinerated by an American drone.

May 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

In June of 1775, when John Quincy Adams was almost 8 years old, his mother, the indomitable Abigail, took him by the hand up a peak in Braintree, Mass., to view from afar the battle of Bunker Hill. Over 70 years later, in February 1848, “Old Man Eloquent,” as he was then called, collapsed at his desk in the House of Representatives and an obscure one-term congressman named Abraham Lincoln was assigned to the committee making the funeral arrangements. Many of the eulogies to Adams identified him as the last remaining link to the founding generation.

Apr 04, 2016
Joseph J. Ellis, James Traub
United States

The United States should work with the Afghan government to help young Afghans build a future for themselves in their country. But America's responsibility to them — after 14 years of failing to bring peace and security to Afghanistan — goes beyond that. 

While the U.S. was operating in Afghanistan, it created a parallel public service sector to the Afghan government that was larger and better paid. The U.S. and NATO military and aid programs employed thousands of young Afghans, newly educated in schools the West paid for.

Apr 06, 2016
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

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