War and Conflict Articles

Anti-balaka militiamen at in their base in the Bimbo neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, May 31, 2014 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Global Insider

CAR Still Haunted by Ethnic Divisions as It Tries to Build Peace

By The Editors
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In the wake of recent violence in the Central African Republic, the United Nations announced today that it is sending an additional 1,000 peacekeepers to the war-torn country. In an interview, the Brookings Institution's Amadou Sy discussed the political and security situation in CAR. more


Diplomatic Fallout

Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

By Richard Gowan
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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

Strategic Horizons

Contrasting Strategic Cultures Drive U.S.-Israel Split on Iran

By Steven Metz
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Unlike Israel, the United States has far-ranging, interconnected global concerns and a uniquely idealistic strategic culture. How the U.S. deals with Iran reverberates outside the Middle East, and done badly, it might advance Israel’s security while degrading American interests elsewhere in the world. more

The Realist Prism

U.S. and West Should Not Count Russia’s Putin Out Just Yet

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The crisis in Ukraine and the political situation in Russia look dramatically different when viewed through the prism of Chinese media. The appeal of the Chinese version of events could help explain why U.S. efforts to marginalize Russian President Vladimir Putin on the world stage have met with little success. more

Diplomatic Fallout

U.S. to Europe: Don’t Go Soft on American-Led Global Order

By Richard Gowan
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The U.S. sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. The criticisms revealed a deeper concern about challenges to U.S. leadership in the international system—and Europe’s commitment to sustaining American primacy. more

Strategic Horizons

To Fight Boko Haram and IS, Build Resilient Regional Networks

By Steven Metz
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Frustrated by 50 years of failed nationalism, today’s most dangerous insurgents rely instead on a transnational ideology drawn from religion. The only thing that can defeat adaptive transnational extremists like Boko Haram and the Islamic State are resilient transnational counter-extremist networks. more

Special Report

A Study in Contrasts: Governance and Security in Southeast Asia

By The Editors
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Southeast Asia confronts a diverse range of challenges, from the need for reform in Indonesia to the erosion of democracy in Thailand. Some countries in the region are battling insurgencies at home, while others attempt to counter China’s rising influence abroad. This report draws on articles covering the region over the past year. more

Diplomatic Fallout

At U.N., Russia Is Now the Indispensable Nation

By Richard Gowan
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Commentators in the U.S. and Europe increasingly fear that Russia is set on a destructive course. Yet Western diplomats at the U.N. are often impressed by Russian maneuvers there. A recent spurt of diplomacy in particular demonstrated Moscow’s continued ability to use the U.N. to its advantage. more

Global Insider

Myanmar Fighting Imperils Broader Peace Efforts With Ethnic Rebels

By The Editors
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Ongoing clashes in Myanmar between ethnic Kokang rebels and government forces near the Chinese border have so far left over 160 dead. In an email interview, Jasmin Lorch, a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, discussed ethnic rebels in Myanmar. more

Strategic Horizons

Making Libya a U.N. Protectorate Would Be Wise but Impossible

By Steven Metz
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Libya is a mess and rapidly getting worse, as the Islamic State moves in. Only one option has even a theoretical chance of turning Libya around: a United Nations protectorate. But there are very few nations with enough surplus military power to commit to what could be a very long-term operation. more

Libya Needs More Than Unity Government to Halt IS Rise

By Mohamed Eljarh
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Four years after the revolution began to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, Libya today faces a new and very real threat: militants affiliated with the Islamic State. But the group’s advance must be understood in the wider context of Libya’s civil war, and Libyans cannot tackle it alone. more