New York Times

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

AMERICANS don’t have a vocabulary to describe the pernicious behavior of political crowds, but our forefathers did. John Adams favored a strong executive to guard against “the mob.” He thought that partisans of popular democracy like Thomas Jefferson or Tom Paine ignored the dangers of populist passion. The people, he wrote, can be as tyrannical as any king. That division contributed to the formation of the first parties — Adams’s Federalists and Jefferson’s Democrats.

Mar 25, 2016
James Traub
United States

As a bloody offensive by the Taliban spreads in Afghanistan and with American combat operations there officially ended, anxious Chinese leaders find themselves under pressure to take a more active role in the long-stalled peace process, according to scholars and current and former diplomats.

Jan 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

An independent panel reviewing United Nations peacekeeping operations recommended making the blue-helmeted soldiers more accountable for sexual abuse and other crimes.

Read the full New York Times article Panel Urges Changes in Using U.N. Soldiers

Jun 16, 2015
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

Afghan government representatives said at the meeting that it was ready to make an effort to build trust, if the Taliban agreed to peace negotiations.

Read the full New York Times article Taliban and Afghan Peace Officials Have Secret Talks in China

May 25, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan is proposing to improve Afghanistan’s contentious relations with Pakistan in the hope of paving the way toward both peace with the Taliban and regional economic cooperation.

Mar 18, 2015
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

CIC Associate Director, Barnett Rubin, recently shared his thoughts with The New York Times on China’s growing engagement with Afghan politics.

Feb 20, 2015
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Ban Ki-moon, in his seventh year as the secretary general of the United Nations, has a full plate of unsolved problems, from a widening war in Syria to conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan — to say nothing of climate change. Now comes Ebola.

Read the full New York Times article Ebola Presents Challenge, and an Opportunity, for U.N. Leader

Sep 19, 2014
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security
United Nations

Diplomats are facing a “100 times good” temptation as they work to establish new United Nations global objectives for development, known as Sustainable Development Goals, that will help set an overarching narrative for the world’s progress for the next 15 years.

Read the full New York Times article How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

Sep 11, 2014
Varad Pande

Worlds apart, two leaders are planning to intervene in worsening conflicts outside their borders, and citing humanitarian concerns as their rationale. In Iraq, President Barack Obama and his administration are considering how to contain the violent march of radical Islamist militants and provide help to those whom the Islamists threaten with extermination. In the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a convoy of 280 trucks with what the Russians describe as “humanitarian aid” for the embattled region.

Aug 18, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States
Peace and Security