The goal of the United States should be to create conditions that leave the possibility for Afghans to build a more legitimate government and security sector in future decades.
The United States now faces a new national security threat. The enemy is not the Islamic State but domestic and homegrown white nationalist terrorism.
Haftar’s ability to frame coups as “wars on terror” ensures his international support, but masks a destructive manipulation of tribal dynamics.
The EU’s relationship with the Moroccan government reinforces the political status quo at a time when a growing number of Moroccans appear to want change.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa
Pakistan remains at the center of many challenges facing the United States in South Asia yet the foreign policy establishments in both countries are less certain than ever about the direction and potential of the bilateral relationship. George Perkovich will conduct a conversation with Ambassador Khan on these and other issues.
Improving security sector governance requires looking beyond short term tactical success and investing in longer term improvements. Such reforms are necessary for fragile states to improve the effectiveness of their security forces and temper extremism.
What explains the patterns of violence along the Line of Control and what are the chances that conflict could escalate and involve nuclear weapons?
Unless the United States redirects its approach in Syria, civilian stabilization programs will not achieve their stated objective: the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State.
The Nigerian case highlights the challenges of local-level stabilization efforts while working with a host government that lacks political commitment, capacity, and coordination.