Kirby Neuner

The Real Problem Facing Bangladesh is Not Violent Extremism

The high profile attack in Dhaka’s diplomatic section earlier this month ushered in a period of increased international attention to Bangladesh’s security climate, attention that had already been on the rise as the number of progressive activists and religious figures hacked to death by machete-wielding extremists ballooned in recent months. International and domestic observers alike warn…

No Justice, No Peace: Why Peace Deals Fail

The refrain “no justice, no peace,” chanted proudly by Black Lives Matter activists, has become ubiquitous for media consumers in the United States. Yet today, as negotiations to end several conflicts around the world move forward, one cannot help but wonder how, and if, this mantra applies more broadly. For example, in early April, South…

Toward a True Narrative for Haiti (Part 2 of 2)

As discussed in the first installment of this two-part series, the World Bank’s report entitled “Haiti: Toward a New Narrative” points first to domestic political ills as a key source of Haiti’s struggles while ignoring entirely the destabilizing force played by the U.S. government over the last hundred years. In a similar fashion, the report…

Toward a True Narrative for Haiti (Part 1 of 2)

You don’t need to be an expert on Haiti to understand that it has struggled mightily in its two centuries of sovereign existence, weakened repeatedly by natural and man-made disasters alike. Accordingly, a comprehensive World Bank report published last year highlights those weaknesses and prescribes economic and political solutions to address them. The report, “Haiti:…

Haitian Lawmakers Reach 11th Hour Deal as President Steps Down

Charged Affairs‘ own Kirby Neuner discusses a recent development in Haiti’s ongoing political crisis, as Haitian lawmakers find a path forward after weeks of unrest. 

A Conversation with Mark Leon Goldberg

Mark Leon Goldberg is a writer, blogger and podcaster. Mark currently serves as the editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch, and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast. In 2011, Mark co-founded the Development and Aid World News Service, DAWNS Digest, and he has been named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s…

Aid Not Arms: Why It’s Time to Rethink Assistance to Egypt

Egypt’s current government has focused on improving national security as the panacea to their country’s political woes—but as Egyptian leaders should know well, harsh crackdowns and institutional fear do not always prevent popular uprisings. Addressing the real, practical needs of ordinary Egyptians would do far more to restore stability and faith in government. 

Tending the Black Garden: Why the United States Must Pay Greater Attention to Nagorno-Karabakh

In Nagorno-Karabakh long-simmering tensions are threatening to spill over into outright conflict. A mountainous, landlocked quasi-republic nestled between two former Soviet republics and Iran, war in Nagorno-Karabakh would destabilize the already delicate balance of power in the region, and U.S. policymakers should take note.

The Real Problem Facing Bangladesh is Not Violent Extremism

The high profile attack in Dhaka’s diplomatic section earlier this month ushered in a period of increased international attention to Bangladesh’s security climate, attention that had already been on the rise as the number of progressive activists and religious figures hacked to death by machete-wielding extremists ballooned in recent months. International and domestic observers alike warn…

No Justice, No Peace: Why Peace Deals Fail

The refrain “no justice, no peace,” chanted proudly by Black Lives Matter activists, has become ubiquitous for media consumers in the United States. Yet today, as negotiations to end several conflicts around the world move forward, one cannot help but wonder how, and if, this mantra applies more broadly. For example, in early April, South…

Toward a True Narrative for Haiti (Part 2 of 2)

As discussed in the first installment of this two-part series, the World Bank’s report entitled “Haiti: Toward a New Narrative” points first to domestic political ills as a key source of Haiti’s struggles while ignoring entirely the destabilizing force played by the U.S. government over the last hundred years. In a similar fashion, the report…

Toward a True Narrative for Haiti (Part 1 of 2)

You don’t need to be an expert on Haiti to understand that it has struggled mightily in its two centuries of sovereign existence, weakened repeatedly by natural and man-made disasters alike. Accordingly, a comprehensive World Bank report published last year highlights those weaknesses and prescribes economic and political solutions to address them. The report, “Haiti:…

Haitian Lawmakers Reach 11th Hour Deal as President Steps Down

Charged Affairs‘ own Kirby Neuner discusses a recent development in Haiti’s ongoing political crisis, as Haitian lawmakers find a path forward after weeks of unrest. 

A Conversation with Mark Leon Goldberg

Mark Leon Goldberg is a writer, blogger and podcaster. Mark currently serves as the editor of the United Nations and global affairs blog UN Dispatch, and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast. In 2011, Mark co-founded the Development and Aid World News Service, DAWNS Digest, and he has been named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s…

Aid Not Arms: Why It’s Time to Rethink Assistance to Egypt

Egypt’s current government has focused on improving national security as the panacea to their country’s political woes—but as Egyptian leaders should know well, harsh crackdowns and institutional fear do not always prevent popular uprisings. Addressing the real, practical needs of ordinary Egyptians would do far more to restore stability and faith in government. 

Tending the Black Garden: Why the United States Must Pay Greater Attention to Nagorno-Karabakh

In Nagorno-Karabakh long-simmering tensions are threatening to spill over into outright conflict. A mountainous, landlocked quasi-republic nestled between two former Soviet republics and Iran, war in Nagorno-Karabakh would destabilize the already delicate balance of power in the region, and U.S. policymakers should take note.