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Winning the Peace: Armed Groups & Security Sector Challenges

Crisis Response Council and the Brookings Institution's Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors convened a panel discussion that examined the future of armed groups in the Middle East and policy options for responding to them. It looked at whether armed groups should be integrated into formal governing structures, whether armed movements can govern, and which armed groups should be accepted, and which should be sidelined; it examined how the international community, particularly the U.S. and Europe, should address security crises and looked at potential policies for conflict mitigation and resolution at the local and regional level.

Turkey's Relationship with Iraq: Conflict, Cooperation & Geopolitics

Crisis Response Council, with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, convened a panel discussion on the future of Turkey's relationship with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, focusing specifically on the implications of a possible Turkish military incursion into Sinjar, Turkey's political and economic relations with Erbil and Baghdad, Ankara's rivalry with Iran, and conflict mitigation mechanisms that can stave off a conflict.

Ian Lesser

German Marshall Fund

US-Turkey relations will come under pressure on a number of fronts, explains Ian Lesser of the German Marshall Fund. He spoke to CRC to explain the how the relationship may evolve under the Biden administration. 


Speaking to CRC as part of our ten years since the Arab Spring series, Frances Brown of Carnegie Endowment outlined the fundamental principles that should underscore US engagement with the Middle East. 

Frances Brown

Carnegie Endowment

Jomana Qaddour

Atlantic Council

Speaking to CRC as part of our ten years since the Arab Spring series, the Atlantic Council's Jomana Qaddour highlighted the fundamental lessons of the past ten years that the US should draw on as it grapples with a range of issues and crises in the region.

Asli Aksoy

German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Asli Aksoy of Germany's SWP examined the growth of Turkey's military industry, and the implications this may have for Turkey's foreign policy.

Galip Dalay

Robert Bosch Academy

Speaking to CRC, Galip Dalay of the Robert Bosch Academy and Chatham House looked at how Turkey could combine its quest for independence and grandeur with democratisation. 

Highlights from our Proxy Wars Initiative

Inna Rudolf

King's College London

Speaking to our Proxy Wars Initiative, Inna Rudolf of King's College London outlined some of the key challenges facing security sector reform efforts, and how SSR can alleviate conflict in the region.

Maria Fantappie

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue

Maria Fantappie of peacebuilding oroganization the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, examined how Iraq can avoid becoming entangled in a conflict between the US and Iran, analysed the prospects of Iraq's government balancing its ties to Washington and Tehran

Emad Badi

Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council's Emad Badi analysed Libya's prospects of securing a durable peace amid the ongoing conflict in the country and the influence of rival external powers grappling for influence and control in the country.

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