Jonathan Sacks discusses root causes of religious violence and the transformative power of interfaith understanding for resolving conflict.
After $500 million train-and-equip effort fails, what comes next?
As a 2009 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Contingency Planning Memorandum "Crisis Between Ukraine and Russia" argued, a major Ukraine-Russia confrontation has significant implications for the United States. Despite ongoing diplomatic efforts, few aspects of the Minsk II agreement have been implemented and heavy fighting could resume, precipitating an even deeper crisis between Russia and the West.
Elliott Abrams writes in The Australian that no permanent solution can be reached for conflict in Syria as long as the murderous Assad regime remains in place.
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 reviewed the Schengen Agreement to clarify 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.