Washington wants to shape the conflict from afar, but Russia is now shaping the facts on the ground.
On September 28, 2015, the UN Peacekeeping Summit met during the UN General Assembly. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke and announced new presidential guidance to expand U.S. support in UN peacekeeping. The summit also affirmed the recommendations of the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations from September 11, 2015, which includes addressing sexual abuse of civilians by peacekeeping personnel.
Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues it’s time for a new approach in Syria. And more arms for the opposition is not the answer.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of September 21–25, 2015.
Wunna Maung Lwin discusses reform and democratization in Myanmar.
A wave of Syrian refugees has caught Europe and the United States flat-footed, leaving the European Union scrambling to devise a plan to deal with those arriving on its shores and Americans debating our role in the matter. A humanitarian reaction is natural–but woefully inadequate, because refugees will keep coming as long as the Assad regime continues to brutally repress Syria’s Sunni majority. Only by bringing the conflict to an end will the flow of ever more thousands of refugees stop.
Ukraine faces two severe and immediate challenges: armed pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country and a sharp, nationwide economic deterioration stemming in no small part from that military threat.CFR convened a group of experts to discuss Ukraine’s economic challenges and identify possible ways for outside actors to support Ukrainian policymakers
The speakers assessed the current challenges facing UN peace operations and also discussed the future contribution of the United States, prior to the summit hosted by the Obama administration in late September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
This meeting is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York and will be on the record.
Council on Foreign Relations experts Sebastian Mallaby and Stewart M. Patrick discuss the political, economic, humanitarian, and legal ramifications of Europe's migration crisis, as well as its impact on migrants and the countries in which they are seeking refuge.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of September 7–11, 2015.
Paul D. Williams discusses peace operations in Africa, as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call series.
On May 13, 2015, the European Commission outlined its agenda on migration, in response to the influx of migrants from Ukraine, the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa who were seeking asylum in Europe. Implementation packages were released May 27 and September 9, with details on refugees distribution, funds for countries receiving and settling refugees, and search and rescue operations for traveling refugees.
The West’s governments saw this coming more than two years ago, and have done little to prevent it.
What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of August 31–September 4, 2015.
Almost two weeks after the bombing at central Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine that killed 20 people and set off a massive manhunt for a suspect identified in CCTV video, Thai authorities appear no closer to solving the case. No one has taken credit for the attack and Thai leaders have also denied the bombing had anything to do with international terrorism, although they provided no evidence to support this claim.
Joshua Kurlantzick examines Bangladesh’s political regression and how it fits into the broader global trend of democratic retreat.
Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States, including tens of thousands of children, face legal limbo and possible deportation even as violence rages in their home countries, says journalist Julia Preston.
The death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar will likely further complicate peace talks with the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan, says CFR’s Dan Markey.
“Writing in Politico, Philip Gordon argues that despite critics’ claims to the contrary, war actually is a possibility if Congress blocks the Iran deal.”
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
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.
Ashley's War tells the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers in Afghanistan. More
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
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