By David L. Phillips
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Vladimir Putin is fomenting a crisis in Ukraine to undermine Euro-Atlantic institutions and drive a wedge between the US and its allies. Germany is the crucial link. Historical, cultural, and economic relations with Russia make the new German coalition government, led by Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party, especially vulnerable to Russia’s influence.

German policy towards Russia is shaped by history. World War II still influences the worldview of many Germans. Pacifism is engrained at the core of German identity.

By David L. Phillips
Thursday, January 13, 2022

“Rules are rules”, said Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the so-called Djokovic affair. Whatever you think of Mr. Morrison and his draconian immigration policies, Novak Djokovic should be deported from Australia for violating the law. He deserves scorn for knowingly exposing youth to the COVID-19 virus. Djokovic showed he is a Serbian nationalist by turning his immigration status into a political spectacle.

by David L. Phillips
Friday, November 5, 2021
Sudan’s General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan suspended constitutional power-sharing with civilian authorities and arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other members of the government on October 25, 2021. The US and other members of the international community condemned the coup. Through its silence, China is an accomplice to Burhan’s power-grab. 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Last week the director of ISHR's Program on Peacebuilding and Human Rights - David L. Phillips - wrote an op-ed in The Boston Globe entitled "Biden faces vexing questions about counterterrorism". In it, he analyzes what the Biden administration can take away from the developments in Afghanistan.

By David L. Phillips
Monday, August 16, 2021

Who’s to blame for events in Afghanistan? Partisan finger-pointing is inevitable, but not constructive. President Ashraf Ghani is ultimately responsible for the debacle, which was brought on by massive corruption that undermined the Afghan state and security services.  

While Ghani is primarily responsible, the US is not exempt.