• Talking to the Taliban

    Talking to the Taliban

    • October 18, 2021

    As the Taliban swept across Afghanistan this summer, the capital cities of the provinces fell like a house of cards. Kunduz fell by August 8. Herat, Lashkar Gah, and Helmand followed within a few days. As the news of the

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  • CIPS Best Blog Award 2021: Public Voting Now Open

    CIPS Best Blog Award 2021: Public Voting Now Open

    • October 13, 2021

    Last year we launched our first ‘Best Blog Award’ competition. While the principal motivations behind the competition were to (a) offer up an engaging experience for you, dear reader and (b) draw some more attention the expertise and hard work

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  • Retrotopian Desires and Gender in Right-Wing Populism

    Retrotopian Desires and Gender in Right-Wing Populism

    • October 10, 2021

    Former US President Donald Trump in 2016 justified his plan to build a wall at the United States’ Southern Border to keep out Mexicans (many of whom implied he were rapists). This motif forms part of Trump’s strategy to “Make

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  • We Must Avoid An Isolated, Impoverished, Unstable Afghanistan

    We Must Avoid An Isolated, Impoverished, Unstable Afghanistan

    • October 6, 2021

    After the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, I consistently argued for a comprehensive, UN-facilitated peace process, encompassing all the internal Afghan parties to the conflict, including the Taliban and the regional and other actors implicated in the conflict,

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  • What’s next for Germany after Merkel

    What’s next for Germany after Merkel

    • October 4, 2021

    Just days after Canadians took to the polls, Germans, too, elected a new parliament. Having lead Germany for sixteen years, Angela Merkel was not on the ballot again: the end of an era in German politics and the arrival of something

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  • UN Peacekeeping and the Kindleberger Trap

    UN Peacekeeping and the Kindleberger Trap

    • September 27, 2021

    For close to a decade, the UN has been under the double pressure of a high number of fatalities and pressure from member states to cut costs, particularly from the United States. Since 2013, the UN has not launched a 

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