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CIC's Barnett Rubin was interviewed by TOLOnews about former National Security Advisor John Bolton's new book, and what it reveals about President Trump's policy on Afghanistan.

"The main thing it shows is that President Trump doesn’t know anything about Afghanistan, he doesn’t care about Afghanistan. He just wants to get out of Afghanistan, but he wants to get out of Afghanistan in a way that is good for his reelection and that he doesn’t care about anything else at all," Rubin is quoted saying.

Jun 23, 2020
United States, Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Protest in New Orleans over the death of George Floyd

The protests that have roiled the United States over the past weeks are rooted in an issue at the heart of the divisions in American society: racism. But they also take place in a climate of increasing inequality and polarization. This briefing by Sarah Cliffe draws on comparative global analysis to ask whether the US now risks large-scale civil conflict.

Jun 10, 2020
Sarah Cliffe
United States
Crises

In a new column for Foreign Policy, CIC senior fellow James Traub writes about the post-pandemic struggle for global prestige and economic dominance, and argues that both the U.S. and China are losing the fight.

"If some model has emerged as the winner of this dreadful sweepstakes, it is not China’s authoritarian one but rather that of the democracies that share China’s 'Asian values' of collective discipline, deference to authority, and faith in the state," Traub said.

Apr 27, 2020
James Traub
China, United States
Emerging Powers

Barnett Rubin, director of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Research Project, is quoted on the subject of President Trump's claims about Iraqi oil in this PolitiFact piece.

"Insofar as Mr. Trump's proposals are coherent enough to be subject to analysis and judgment, they appear to be practically impossible, legally prohibited, and politically imbecilic," Rubin said.

Oct 21, 2019
United States

In an essay for The New York Times Sunday Review, Non-Resident Fellow James Traub asks whether liberalism has a future in a United States beset by populist politics.

Traub argues that "forty years of swelling illiberalism on the right—and some reciprocal illiberalism on the left—have deeply corroded" public faith in political institutions, and a Democratic victory in 2020 will be insufficient to restore that faith without a new commitment to liberal values.

Oct 17, 2019
James Traub
United States

President Trump’s first visit to the UN General Assembly this week will indicate whether he intends to promote America’s global engagement or double down on America first.

Sep 18, 2017
Elsina Wainwright
United States
Peace and Security
United Nations

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

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.

Aug 23, 2017
Barnett Rubin

The Trump administration’s evolving UN policy is a case study in how policymaking in the administration remains a work in progress amid competing worldviews, absent or unclear guidance, and an idiosyncratic president. There are deep ideological divisions within the White House about America’s role in the world.

Aug 18, 2017
Elsina Wainwright
East Asia, United States
Peace and Security
United Nations
Nikki Haley, Elsina Wainwright

A new brief produced by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney looks at the role of UN Ambassador Nikki R. Haley in helping shape President Trump's views on the usefulness of the United Nations and the need for its reform, as well as the implications for Australia before it begins its important new role.

Aug 02, 2017
Elsina Wainwright
United States
United Nations
Peace and Security

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