Conflict & Conflict Resolution

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Shiite popular mobilization forces parade with a captured Islamic State vehicle in Mosul


Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Fearing ISIS in the Shadows

| Apr. 20, 2017

The six-month Mosul operation will soon come to an end. Civilians and soldiers alike are eager to turn over a new page after years of ISIS control over the city. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that this will come to pass. The security problems that will follow are already visible in other Iraqi cities of Iraq, such as Falluja and Ramadi, which had been liberated from ISIS prior to the Mosul operation.

David Miliband and Nicholas Burns

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions - Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center

Conversations in Diplomacy: David Miliband on the Global Refugee Crisis

| Apr. 13, 2017

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, discusses the drivers behind the displacement of over 65 million people and the changes that must be made to existing political and humanitarian systems in order to address the crisis on a global scale.

raqi Army checkpoint flying an Iraqi flag next to a Kurdish checkpoint with a Kurdish flag, outside Irbil, northern Iraq


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

For Iraqi Kurds, Trump Brings Hope for Independence

| Apr. 12, 2017

On a recent trip to Iraqi Kurdistan, the author spoke with numerous politicians, officials, and businessmen who believe that the Trump presidency has created new opportunities for Kurdish independence. The Kurdish public, moreover, has been generally optimistic about Trump since his election. Yet the aspects of the Trump presidency that most excite Iraqi Kurds are the same ones that have U.S. foreign policy experts most concerned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Sec. of State Rex Tillerson shake hands at a signing ceremony in southern Russia, Friday, June 15, 2012.

(AP Photo)

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy Association

5 Conservative Principles for Dealing With Russia

| Apr. 12, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday with perhaps more experience negotiating with Russians than any new secretary of state since John Quincy Adams — whose first diplomatic mission to Saint Petersburg preceded his admission to Harvard, and who served as our young republic’s first minister to the czarist court. Tillerson needs no advice on how to deal with Moscow, but he leaves behind a country riven by arguments about Russia. Democrats are furious over interference in the U.S. presidential election, whereas some Republicans have developed a blind spot in the weather eye they traditionally train on U.S. national security issues. Reestablishing a rough consensus on principles to guide American relations with Russia, therefore, is a high foreign policy priority. Five ideas might start that process.

Sunni Guard in Mosul


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

Land Grabs in Iraq

| Apr. 10, 2017

"With the fall of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) seemingly imminent, nearly every Iraqi political group and its associated militia have been rushing to take control of the newly liberated territories in the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Nineveh, and Salahadin."

Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Tom Friedman Is Calling for a Partition of Syria. Trump Should Run the Other Way.

| Apr. 07, 2017

"Let's not mince words. What Friedman is really proposing is a foreign invasion of Syria. Isn't such an action more likely to deepen the Hobbesian state of anarchy that already exists there, with the intervening force arrayed on one side? Putting an effective lid on the sectarian conflict in Syria would require a massive military occupation involving several hundred thousand troops (at least), and even that might not be enough. We've seen this movie several times in recent years, and the results have been uniformly disappointing."