Israel’s Occupation of Lebanon Failed. Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Probably Will, Too.

Asher Kaufman, Regan Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and professor of history and peace studies, wrote in a Foreign Policy op-ed that the Turkish invasion of Syria could fail in the same way as Israel’s disastrous occupation of southern Lebanon.

“The Turkish government may not have considered the long-term implications of its own invasion of Syria, but if history teaches us anything, just as Israel’s invasion of Lebanon had important, long-lasting consequences for Israel and the Middle East at large, Turkey’s recent military operation is likely to alter the regional balance of power for the foreseeable future,” Kaufman said.

Originally published at on November 7, 2019. 

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China’s global critics are helping it win

Joshua Eisenman, associate professor of global affairs, detailed the risks associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative in a Foreign Policy article.

“In June, a World Bank study on the Belt and Road Initiative found that the initiative “entails significant risks that are exacerbated by a lack of transparency and weak institutions in participating economies.”

Originally published at on October 30, 2019.

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How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive

Research from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies was featured in a September 8 Foreign Policy article on the Colombian Peace Deal.

The article cited an April report from the Kroc Institute, which found the Colombian government has yet to implement 31% of the accord’s peacemaking provisions.

Nonetheless, Colombia is implementing its policy at a rate “comparable to other successful peace processes,” the report said.

Originally published at on September 8, 2019.

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