Development

Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

Yemen is on the Brink of Chaos – And Why It’s So Important

September 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

POLITIX 09/27/14 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The economy of Yemen is in […]

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Security in Yemen

Security in Yemen

September 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

POLICY BRIEF: SECURITY IN YEMEN  September 2014 By Michael Shank and Casey Harrity Yemen is on the brink of slipping back into chaos. Outcomes from the National Dialogue Conference, which concluded in January 2014, have been slowly and inadequately implemented. Grievances among minority groups and non-state actors are growing. The […]

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The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

The Audacity of Air Strikes and Secret Deals: Just Making Isis Grow Stronger?

September 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

THE GUARDIAN 09/23/14 By Michael Shank and Rep Raul Grijalva Members of Congress – and the public – who care about a sustainable peace in the Middle East, the wise use of American tax dollars and the balance of power between our branches of government must not stand by as […]

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Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!

September 17, 2014 at 7:44 am

DAILY BEAST 09/17/14 By Michael Shank and Jeffrey Sachs Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and the Quakers’ Michael Shank call on Obama to stop the airstrikes—and stop supporting anti-Assad rebels. Too many times in recent history the United States has responded militarily to provocations and threats in ways that have resulted […]

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Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

Gaza Memo to Congress: Talk to Hamas

July 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 07/31/14 By Michael Shank This week, former United States Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) reached out to me regarding a Dear Colleague letter that he wanted to circulate to his former colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Kucinich, like many of us deeply frustrated […]

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Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

Cleaning Up Big Oil in Nigeria

July 31, 2014 at 3:49 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/31/14 By Michael Shank and Kate Edelen Oil thefts are growing in Nigeria and threaten stability in the region. An SEC rule could help stem oil-related violence in the Niger Delta. As America’s news coverage of Nigeria continues to focus on the plight of kidnapped […]

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America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

America Needs a ‘Reset’ in Policy Toward Somalia

July 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

POLITIX 07/01/14 By Michael Shank At next month’s Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington D.C., it’ll be important for President Barack Obama to refrain from prioritizing counter-terrorism, resource extractive or aid-only agendas – which is what has dominated White House policies in the past – and pursue, instead, a more just […]

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How to Stop Libya Becoming Another Iraq

How to Stop Libya Becoming Another Iraq

June 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

CNN 06/26/14 By Michael Shank and Najla Elmangoush Editor’s note: Najla Elmangoush is the dean of Centre of Gender Studies at the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies in Tripoli. Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and adjunct faculty at George […]

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U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

U.S. Military Interventionism Has Harmed Iraq Dearly

June 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

POLITIX 06/26/14 By Michael Shank Iraq continues to pose a conundrum for the international community. Many in the West feel that Iraq is perpetually ungovernable and that its quagmire finds root cause in something inherent to Iraqi culture or sectarianism. What the West fails to realize is that military interventionism […]

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How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

How to Avoid the Same Old Mistakes in Iraq

June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 06/18/14 By Michael Shank and Yemi Melka Forget military strikes. The U.S. should address sectarian tension by promoting regional cooperation. The best solution to the Middle East conflict is a policy based in regional teamwork. As fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the […]

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