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Reforming the U.S.-Sudan Relationship Requires a Regional Strategy
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
By: Aly Verjee; Payton Knopf
On November 7, the U.S. Department of State announced long-awaited plans outlining a path to better relations with Sudan, “designed to expand our bilateral cooperation, facilitate meaningful reforms to enhance stability in Sudan, and achieve further progress in a number of areas of longstanding concern.” USIP’s Aly Verjee and Payton Knopf discuss the initiative, and identify where broader U.S. regional objectives could cohere, including in the war in Yemen.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Fragility & Resilience; Global Policy
In Red Sea Region, Competing Outside Powers Complicate U.S. Interests
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
By: David Shinn
David Shinn, a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, examines how great and regional power competition is impacting political and security dynamics in the Horn of Africa and complicating U.S. interests in the region.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Global Policy; Conflict Analysis & Prevention
James Mattis: Yemen Needs a Truce Within 30 Days
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
By: USIP Staff
Secretary of Defense James Mattis yesterday urged combatants in Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi faction, to negotiate a cease-fire in that war within 30 days while speaking to diplomats, military officers and conflict-resolution specialists at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In a webcast conversation moderated by former national security advisor and USIP Chair Stephen J. Hadley, Mattis also discussed global security challenges facing the United States—from Russia and China, to North Korea—cybersecurity and the need for the developed world to help fragile states improve their governance and address the root causes of extremism.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Civilian-Military Relations; Global Policy
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Red Sea Rising: Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East
The states on the western side of the Red Sea to the south of Egypt and the Arab states from the east of Egypt through the Arabian Gulf have long been considered distinct regions. This is increasingly a distinction without a difference, however, as these states now operate more as a common political, security, and economic zone.
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