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Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Gulf partners could give Iran and the US a way out of their collision course

With interests on both sides of the conflict and much to lose if it worsens, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the one organization that could be a hero here, kickstarting a chain reaction that arrives at de-escalation without any party losing face.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Conflict Iran

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus must not distract the world from Russia’s war in Ukraine

The coronavirus crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for the international community, but existing security threats like the Russian attack on Ukraine must not disappear from the diplomatic agenda, argues Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

UkraineAlert by Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Conflict Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US cuts Afghan aid: Will it bring peace closer?

Recent weeks have seen Afghanistan politically paralyzed with both Ghani and Abdullah setting up parallel governments in Kabul, after both claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential elections. Secretary Pompeo attempted to push the Afghan government(s) towards talks with the Taliban and failed.

New Atlanticist by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Russo-Ukrainian War: Putin must be held accountable

Russia is seeking to legitimize the Kremlin-created separatist republics in eastern Ukraine as a way of distancing itself from the ongoing conflict, but if Putin is not held accountable, other countries may share Ukraine's fate.

UkraineAlert by Olena Zerkal

Conflict Russia

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

US strategy in Iraq and the coronavirus plot twist

Tehran is betting that the world is too consumed with managing a pandemic to hold them accountable—and that the US administration is unwilling to stay the course in Iraq because it is too gun shy in an election year and too financially strapped by the coming burden of US unemployment. The implications of a global pandemic make that a risky bet.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Conflict Coronavirus

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Ending the “Endless War” trope

The trope about ending endless wars is really a way of arguing that the US foreign policy establishment has failed, that the supposed doctrine of interventionism is ineffective and counterproductive, and that the United States should retrench, withdraw, and do less in the world. It is the latest talking point in a long-running debate between advocates of restraint and advocates of engagement. The debate is not whether we want wars to end or not, but about what strategy is best suited to end them on the best terms.

New Atlanticist by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Winning the peace in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s abortive mission to craft a stable coalition government in Kabul capable of holding peace talks with the Taliban raises fresh concerns about the absence of a clear US strategy for exiting its endless war in Afghanistan

New Atlanticist by Shuja Nawaz

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Storming the sauna: a ceasefire violation in the Donbas

Photos and video of an attack along the line of contact in the Donbas region of Ukraine provided a rare look at ceasefire violations.

Article by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Conflict Drones

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Why Ukraine cannot risk recognizing Putin’s proxies

Many Ukrainians are alarmed by plans to create an Advisory Council together with representatives from Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. Critics say the move will allow Russia to distance itself from the war.

UkraineAlert by Lisa Yasko

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The Afghan Peace Process: Where do we go from here?

If the last twenty years teach us anything, it is that we do not have the answers for how best to support a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Afghanistan. Perhaps it’s because we’ve not been asking the right questions.

New Atlanticist by Harris Samad

Afghanistan Conflict