There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan

Madhav Joshiassociate research professor at the Keough School, considered the necessary steps to a successful peace agreement between the US and the Taliban in an op-ed for The Conversation.

“After 17 years of fighting, there was a growing consensus among the US military leaders and administration that, if they wish to end the conflict in Afghanistan, they must negotiate an agreement, rather than continue to fight.”

Originally published at on March 4, 2020.

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Building trust must take precedence in South Sudan peace process

Madhav Joshi, associate research professor, Peace Accords Matrix and Susan D. Page, Ambassador (ret.) Visiting Professor of the Practice, detailed the tracking process of the South Sudan Peace Process in an op-ed for The Conversation.

“Our research findings are in line with the recent statement by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat. This is that it is more important for the parties to implement the agreement fully, with ownership on all sides, than to meet a deadline.”

Originally published at on December 5, 2019.

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US is already fighting a conflict with Iran–an economic war that is hurting the wrong people

Keough School Director of Policy Studies David Cortright condemned the United States’ economic war on Iran in an op-ed for The Conversation:

“Many are worried about the risk of war with Iran after the Trump administration leaked discussions of a troop deployment in response to claimed threats to U.S/ warships in the region.

And in recent days, the rhetoric has only gotten more heated, with President Donald Trump saying a war would be “the official end of Iran.” Iranian officials responded in kind.

But the truth is, the US has been fighting a war with Iran for decades — an economic war fought via sanctions that has intensified over the past year and has already been devastating to innocent civilians in the country.

Not only that, it’s also undermining long-accepted principles of international cooperation and diplomacy, a topic I’ve been researching for the past 25 years.”

Originally published at on May 23, 2019.

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