The Assad regime’s ascendancy has pushed the EU and European governments onto the back foot. Europe needs to rethink its foreign policy priorities—and fast.
Stabilization programs in Syria long outlived their original political rationale, but bureaucratic factors, analytic biases, and an imperative to deliver services kept them going.
The devastating violence engulfing places buckling under gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime can seem hopeless. Yet some places—from Colombia to the Republic of Georgia—have been able to recover.
The world’s most violent places aren’t at war. They are polarized, unequal democracies. Here’s how to make them safer.
Although the world may be safer today, complicit states contribute to violence throughout the world.
An urgent and provocative look at how extreme violence can cripple democracies, including the United States, and how they can regain security.
Since 2011, the United States and other Western donors have poured over one billion dollars into stabilization and local governance programs in Syria.
Although stabilization programs were not part of the Syrian political transformation initially envisioned, they did cultivate more inclusive, capable local governance. But with larger military and political factors shaping outcomes on the ground in Syria, what will endure of this?
Boko Haram’s resilience highlights the limits of a purely military solution to Nigeria’s conflict. A broader demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration strategy is necessary.
China’s strategic interests in Nigeria are deeply intertwined with the country’s complicated conflict landscape, and Chinese commercial activities have both constructive and potentially destabilizing effects on Nigeria’s peace and security.