Australians can take considerable satisfaction from the strong assertion of our international strategic and security interests during our two-year term as a temporary member of the UN Security Council, which ended with the close of 2014.

Read the full The Australian article UN Security Council stint concludes on a high note

Jan 02, 2015
Richard Gowan
South Asia

Barnett Rubin acknowledges that Afghanistan is marred by ethnic conflicts, corruption, and poverty. But the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (Richard Holbrooke) says there are still signs of significant progress since the Taliban government was overthrown in 2001.

Nov 19, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin spoke at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, with an eye toward Canadian involvement in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. With the end of that operation in December 2014, what will become of that country, in which Canada and its NATO allies have invested so much? Dr. Rubin presents his analysis, based on decades of first-hand experience in a lecture and discussion available below.

What Will Happen to Afghanistan After the NATO Forces Leave?

Nov 27, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s recent presidential elections have resulted in a historic undertaking: the country will reform its constitution in the next two years. To assist the process, CIC is sharing research papers commissioned during the previous drafting process in 2002. Here, CIC Director Barnett Rubin and Research Associate Said Sabir Ibrahimi explain the history and resources available on the : Afghanistan Constitutional Reform Resources Webpage.

Oct 28, 2014
South Asia, Afghanistan

The absence of effective oversight and control of private security providers (PSPs) employed by the international community undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the Afghan government, the international military and diplomatic presence, and reconstruction organizations.

Read the full Breifing Paper The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

Sep 07, 2009
Jake Sherman, Victoria DiDomenico
South Asia, Afghanistan

CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin gave a lecture to students at Peking University on Monday, October 27th. In his talk, he explores the ways that cooperation in Afghanistan can positively contribute to the overall US-China relationship. He also highlights examples of where that cooperation is already taking place and proposes a number of areas that might be particularly fruitful for collaboration in the future.

Read the full lecture: Are China and the United States Rivals or Partners in Afghanistan?

Oct 27, 2014
China, South Asia, Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was inaugurated as president of Afghanistan on Sept. 29, 2014, after a three-month-long dispute over the outcome of the June 14 runoff election. A Sept. 21 agreement between Ghani and runner-up Abdullah Abdullah provided for the establishment of a national unity government and created a new position: chief executive officer, held by Abdullah. It also contained long-term provisions to allow for permanently establishing the office of executive prime minister, institutionalizing the role created for Abdullah by decree.

Oct 20, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

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

Richard Gowan and Jim Traub were both in a panel on India's "NewsHour", talking about UNSC reform.  Watch the full video below.

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan, James Traub
South Asia, India