Washington Post

Jason Stearns, NYU CIC Senior Fellow and Director of the Congo Research Group is interviewed in this article by the Washington Post about imminent elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Dec 09, 2018

There is surely no greater sign of the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy than its Afghanistan policy. After more than 15 years of war and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, a new president entered the Oval Office poised to fundamentally change that policy. Within months he presented, with great fanfare, a continuation of the same.

Aug 24, 2017
Barnett Rubin

The United States is getting more involved in Somalia, the nation in the Horn of Africa that has been wrestling with violent conflict and political instability for nearly three decades.

Jul 18, 2017
Michael F. Harsch, Maximilian M. Meduna, Teresa Krug
Horn of Africa
Peace and Security

Since World War II, U.N. peacekeepers have been dispatched to 69 conflicts — civil wars, border disputes and failed states. But now they are confronting an unsettling new threat: al-Qaeda.

Here in the vast, lawless desert of northwest Africa, their convoys are being torn apart by improvised explosive devices and their compounds blasted by 1,000-pound car bombs. It is a crisis that looks more like the U.S. ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than the cease-fires traditionally monitored by U.N. missions.

Feb 17, 2017
Kevin Sieff , Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
Police forces, Congo

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In the Congo, President Joseph Kabila has engineered artificial delays in the election process to extend his stay in power, and the opposition has called for massive protests on Dec. 19, when his mandate was supposed to end.

Dec 09, 2016
Jason Stearns, Herbert Weiss, Francesca Bomboko
Sub-Saharan Africa
Rule of Law

Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. Need a primer? Catch up here.

Sarah Cliffe and Hanny Megally serve as director and senior fellow, respectively, at the New York University Center on International Cooperation.

Feb 22, 2016
Sarah Cliffe, Hanny Megally
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security

The Republican majority in the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker John Boehner, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama are engaged in a vital debate on how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program.

Feb 04, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Europe, Middle East, United States

With the United States and its allies pressing President Bashar al-Assad to step down, the Arab League last week issued a detailed plan for a political transition in Syria. The plan was welcomed by the Obama administration, and Arab leaders quickly said they would refer it to the United Nations.

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Jan 28, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations suspended its monitoring mission in Syria on Saturday, a day after the chief observer there warned that spiraling bloodshed was hindering the ability of his team to fulfill its obligations.

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Jun 16, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in peacekeeping missions in Central and West Africa.

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Jan 08, 2013
Richard Gowan
United Nations