International aid groups in Afghanistan face increasing threats and violence. Now some are leaving for good, though reconstruction needs remain unmet.
Under increasing pressure because of its nuclear program, Iran’s authorities have now targeted high-profile civil society activists to try to undermine Western influence.
Nathan J. Brown, an expert on Arab and Palestinian politics, says despite the major split in Palestinian ranks between Fatah and Hamas, it is “unlikely in the extreme” that some kind of peace arrangement can be worked out between Israel and the Fatah faction led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
The following article is a summary of views expressed by George Devendorf, the director of Public Affairs for Mercy Corps; and Tilly Reed, the chief of party in Afghanistan for Counterpart International at a panel convened by United States Institute of Peace to discuss the status and prospects of the development of civil society in Afghanistan.
The arrests of four Iranian-Americans have created a chill among those in Iran working to open up civil society and led to disagreements over U.S. support for those efforts.
A clampdown against civil society in Iran, including the arrests of three Iranian-American scholars, further complicates U.S.-Iran relations.
This report from the Washington Institute argues that there remains considerable potential for a ‘velvet revolution’ from within Iran. It argues that religious leaders in Iran worry that the Islamic revolution's enemies could recruit people through nongovernmental organizations dedicated to humanitarian, child welfare, trade union, environmental, and antidrug issues. Accordingly, any social or cultural activity outside the regime's supervision remains subject to suspicion, especially in the wake of the "color" revolutions that led to the replacement of leaders inGeorgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan--countries close to Iran's borders.
Save the Children UK critiques the new UN bureaucracy designed to coordinate humanitarian relief in this report.
Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing segment of global Christianity, representing at least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians. As the evangelical movement spreads, it is bumping up against established religions like Islam in Africa and Roman Catholicism in Latin America. In this meeting, part of the Council’s Nexus of Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, Luis Lugo and Walter Mead discuss the rapid growth of this movement and what it portends for U.S. foreign policy as well as international relations throughout the world.
In a short time, the Gates Foundation has established a reputation as an innovative, effective donor to global health causes. A $30 billion gift from Warren Buffett is expected to dramatically expand the foundation's influence.
The CCC provides a survey of the history of Iraq's military and its relationship to civil authorities.
A report released by international Red Cross officials dispatched to assist in the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. The report offers serious criticisms of the performance of the American Red Cross during the hurricane.
The U.S. government has several channels for promoting democracy, but a plethora of independent U.S. organizations with that same mandate also exist, with varying degrees of financial dependency on the government.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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