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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the leader of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan, shake hands after signing an agreement at a ceremony between members of Afghanistan's Taliban and the United States in Doha, Qatar Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

The False Promise of Peace in Afghanistan

There is a significant risk of the peace process in Afghanistan collapsing or stalling indefinitely. In a new report from the Center for Preventive Action, Seth G. Jones details steps the United States could take to prevent that from happening.  Read More

Syria
U.S. Retrenchment Will Intensify Crisis in Idlib
In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria and avoid regional instability, the United States should make the outcome of the fight for Idlib a national security concern and exercise the leadership necessary for implementing diplomatic and political solutions to the civil war.
Saudi Arabia
Just How Important Is the Rift Between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Quartet?
Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…
North Korea
The Illusion of Peace and the Failure of U.S.-North Korea Summitry
On June 12, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon issued a highly unusual commemorative statement to mark the second anniversary of the first-ever meeting of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and N…
  • South Africa
    A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin interviews writer, lawyer, and governance expert Judith February.
  • South China Sea
    Rising Tensions in the South China Sea
    The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United States could prevent a clash, or take steps to de-escalate if one should occur.
  • Human Rights
    A Conversation With Maina Kiai on Local Empowerment and the Evolving Human Rights Landscape
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews founding leader of the Alliances and Partnerships Program at Human Rights Watch Maina Kiai.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
    A Conversation With Martin Fayulu on Political Power and the Future of the Democratic Republic of Congo
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews President of the Citizenship and Development Party in the Democratic Republic of Congo Martin Fayulu.
  • Kenya
    A Conversation With Kennedy Odede on COVID-19's Impact on Kenya and Beyond
    CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Michelle Gavin interviews Cofounder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede.
  • Iran
    Iran Unlikely to Negotiate With the United States in the Near-Term
    Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…
  • Libya
    Prospects for Peace in Libya Are Bleak
    Despite recent UN efforts to coordinate talks, peace in Libya remains elusive.