Will the US- Taliban agreement bring peace in Afghanistan ? (Clingendael)

Everybody talks about the momentum for peace in Afghanistan following the US-Taliban agreement signed on 29 February 2020 in Qatar’s capital Doha. What is really going on? Clingendael fellow Jorrit Kamminga has been working in Afghanistan for the past fifteen years and talks you through it in this explainer.

https://spectator.clingendael.org/en/publication/will-us-taliban-agreement-bring-peace-afghanistan

Graham Denies Threatening To Make Esper’s Life ‘Hell’ If He Cuts AFRICOM Troops (Defense One)

“No, I never said that,” Graham said in a brief phone call with Defense One. “It was a good conversation.”

https://www.defenseone.com/news/2020/02/graham-denies-threatening-make-espers-life-hell-if-he-cuts-africom-troops/163170/?oref=d-river

BY KATIE BO WILLIAMS

America Is Alone in Its Cold War With China (Defense One)

If the Trump administration is truly going all-in on competition with Beijing, it’s not clear that Trump himself is fully on board. Nor, it’s now clear, are several of America’s closest friends.

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/02/america-alone-its-cold-war-china/163164/?oref=d-river

BY URI FRIEDMAN

Trump’s “Currency Manipulation” Con (Project-Syndicate)

The long-awaited “phase one” deal between the United States and China has not ended US trade warfare. Instead, President Donald Trump’s administration has devised yet another tool with which to tilt the playing field against foreign competitors, all but ensuring that damaging and unnecessary trade conflicts will continue.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-currency-manipulation-tariffs-by-anne-krueger-2020-02

Anne O. Krueger, a former World Bank chief economist and former first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is Senior Research Professor of International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Development, Stanford University.