CIC senior fellow James Traub publishes a book review of Ben Rhodes, the chief speechwriter for US President Obama's new release, "Being American in the World We've Made."
"Now Rhodes has written a more ambitious and less conventional book that seeks to combine the firsthand experience of the foreign correspondent, the special access of the intimate to power, personal memoir and armchair speculation."
The Catholic Church, one of the few trusted institutions in Congo, has determined that a leading opposition candidate won last week's presidential elections, a senior Western official and a presidential adviser said on Friday. Jason Stearns, Senior Fellow and Director of the Congo Research Group, is interviewed in the New York Times about these developments.
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.
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.
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.
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.”