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Thu, Jul 2, 2020

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020

The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Event Recap: H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah discusses peace talks in Afghanistan with USIP

On June 24, 2020, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an online conversation with former Afghan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. His recent appointment as Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Chairman resolves a longstanding dispute over the 2019 presidential election results and paves the way for the upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, which […]

Event Recaps by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

German defense minister responds to US plans for a troop drawdown

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has warned that the US President Donald J. Trump administration's planned withdrawal of 9,500 American troops from her country—a move announced by the US president earlier this month—must not send Russia the signal “that the US is less interested in Europe.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Germany NATO

Sat, Jun 20, 2020

Nusairat quoted in L’Orient-Le Jour on systemic racism in the Arab world

In the News

French Middle East

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Transcript: Afghanistan’s vision for peace: A conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Watch and learn more about the event Read our coverage of the event Event transcript FREDERICK KEMPE: Good morning from Washington and good evening to our many viewers in Kabul, where I’m delighted that Radio Television Afghanistan, RTA, is carrying this important event live. And greetings as well to our viewers elsewhere around the world […]

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

President Ghani assesses the prospects for peace in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stressed on June 11 that a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban has helped create space for potential peace negotiations, but cautioned that the road to a true peace will be long and difficult.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Minsk deadlock: West must reject Russian bid to limit Ukrainian sovereignty

The Minsk agreements remain the only existing framework for ending the war in eastern Ukraine, but they rest on two irreconcilable interpretations: is Ukraine sovereign, as Ukrainians insist, or should its sovereignty be limited, as Russia demands?

UkraineAlert by Duncan Allan

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Jun 8, 2020

Hudson joins the Newsmakers to discuss the UN’s new peacebuilding mission in Sudan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Africa Democratic Transitions

Sun, May 31, 2020

To stop Putin, the Western world must revisit the 1994 Budapest Memorandum

Ukraine's Deputy PM for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov says trust must be rebuilt before there can be peace with Russia. Returning to the framework of the Budapest Memorandum would be a step in the right direction, he argues.

UkraineAlert by Oleksii Reznikov

Conflict Nuclear Nonproliferation

Fri, May 29, 2020

Afghanistan needs a settlement

Sitting at a new crossroads, Afghanistan is once again tilting between an opportunity to take the path to peace and a political settlement—hard as it may seem—or to bounce back on the path of more violence and conflict with no end in sight.

New Atlanticist by Omar Samad

Afghanistan Conflict