Has America become accustomed to leaving orphans behind, following U.S. military interventions in foreign lands? With the approaching withdrawal of Western/American combat forces from Afghanistan, to be completed by the end of 2016, it is time to ask, what does the future hold for the most vulnerable group who would no longer be protected by the American shield?

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin discussed these issues in a lecture co-hosted by the NYU Center for Dialogues and the Foreign Policy Association on October 6, 2014.

Oct 06, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

After months of waiting through a contested election, the U.S. has settled with Afghanistan’s new leadership on a security agreement for the transition toward Afghan security self-reliance. Former State Department official Barnett Rubin talks to Jeffrey Brown about whether President Ashraf Ghani will prove a reliable ally, as well as what we’ve learned from American involvement in Afghanistan.

Watch the full PBS NewsHour interview below "Understanding the U.S. security agreement with Afghanistan".

Oct 01, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

In April 2013, China announced it would host the fourth Foreign Minister’s Meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in 2014. That meeting, which will take place this August in Tianjin, will represent China’s most significant regional engagement on Afghanistan to date. China’s decision to host is part of a broader pattern of increased engagement, suggesting a shift in Beijing’s posture toward Afghanistan. China has indicated that it intends to become increasingly involved in discussions on the role of the region and international community after NATO’s combat mission ends in 2014.

Apr 24, 2014
Thomas Zimmerman

On April 9th, CIC Director Barnett Rubin sat down with author Dipali Mukhopadhyay to discuss her new book, Warlords, Strongman Governors, and the State of Afghanistan

Apr 17, 2014
South Asia, Afghanistan

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Apr 02, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Given that the U.S. is slated to withdraw 34,000 troops of its 66,000 member force from Afghanistan by this time next year, any news regarding the political development of the nation is something policy makers will likely have their eye on.

Think of the Private Security Company (PSC) industry in Afghanistan as the canary in a coal mine. It (the PSC industry) is a bellwether of potential trouble ahead. Like Iraq, PSCs are linked to a privatized model of military and development contracting in a highly insecure post-invasion environment.

Read the full Huffington Post article here

Nov 13, 2012
South Asia, Afghanistan

Over the past decade the United States and the international community have funded an unprecedented private security industry in Afghanistan. As a result, this industry has become entangled with the Afghan political economy, as international spending has been implicated in funding informal armed groups and commanders. Considerable uncertainty remains as Afghanistan approaches the 2014 deadline for assuming national security responsibilities.

Oct 11, 2012
Matthieu Aikins
South Asia, Afghanistan

World Peace is a noble goal, but not one that can occur in one move. "Building States to Build Peace: A Project of the International Peace Institute" explains that World Peace starts at a national level. Like many things when they first begin, the early years of a state are vital for establishing it for stability and enduring peace. Covering topics such as law, economics, and finance, it also outlines examples ranging from Somalia to Afghanistan.

Jul 08, 2008

Tandis que la bataille fait rage en Syrie, la France a convoqué pour jeudi 30 août une réunion du Conseil de sécurité sur laquelle plane une question lancinante: pour faire quoi, pour obtenir quoi, au juste?  

Lit l'article entier par Le Monde ici

Aug 30, 2012
Middle East, Syria, Afghanistan
Arab Awakening