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Experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace tackle the latest foreign policy issues from around the world in this weekly podcast. Sponsored by USIP and Sirius XM.

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Experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace tackle the latest foreign policy issues from around the world in this weekly podcast. Sponsored by USIP and Sirius XM.

    Payton Knopf on What’s Ahead for the Horn of Africa in 2020

    Payton Knopf on What’s Ahead for the Horn of Africa in 2020

    As Arab Gulf states and Turkey ramp up their competition for influence in the Horn of Africa, USIP’s Payton Knopf says the increased attention “has tended to exacerbate some of the internal tensions and political insecurities” in Ethiopia and Sudan—two states undergoing democratic transitions vital for regional stability.

    • 9 min
    Dr. Elie Abouaoun on the Situation in Syria

    Dr. Elie Abouaoun on the Situation in Syria

    After direct military confrontations between the Assad regime and Turkey in Syria’s Idlib province, USIP’s Dr. Elie Abouaoun explains how the Turkish and Russian governments are trying to contain the fallout, saying “I do not think any party has an interest right now in provoking a full-blown escalation.”

    • 9 min
    Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

    Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen on the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

    Discussing the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan, USIP’s Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen says that although the proposal nods toward a two-state solution, the details leave one “hard pressed to see how it serves as a formula or basis for bringing both parties back to the table.”

    • 10 min
    Thomas Hill on Libya Peace Talks in Berlin

    Thomas Hill on Libya Peace Talks in Berlin

    At the Berlin Conference last weekend, participants reached a “gentlemen’s agreement” to halt the influx of arms from international actors into Libya’s conflict. USIP’s Thomas Hill says that while “there’s probably something for both pessimists and optimists,” the lack of any formal agreement means the results are “tenuous at best.”

    • 8 min
    Nancy Lindborg on the Iran Crisis and its Impact on Iraq and Afghanistan

    Nancy Lindborg on the Iran Crisis and its Impact on Iraq and Afghanistan

    USIP President and CEO Nancy Lindborg explains how U.S.-Iran tensions could exacerbate state fragility and hamper longstanding peacebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying, “All of this can be put at risk with the current tensions as both countries really fear becoming collateral damage.”

    • 10 min
    Sarhang Hamasaeed on U.S.-Iran Tensions

    Sarhang Hamasaeed on U.S.-Iran Tensions

    Iran has stated that—barring a U.S. response—the missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq will be the only immediate retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. USIP’s Sarhang Hamasaeed says this latest development offers an exit from further escalation, but “this doesn’t mean the broader tensions and the slower, more simmering tensions … will end.”

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