Rob MalleyVina has been tireless and exceptionally courageous in fighting for the freedom of her husband, Michael Kovrig, who has been arbitrarily detained in China for 561 days
She spoke today publicly for the first time.
Developing countries won’t find a one-size-fits-all solution to coronavirus.
Rob Malley2 months ago @rickmalley & I warned in @ForeignAffairs that #COVID19 could devastate developing countries
That may still happen, alas, but virus’ trajectory has been puzzling in many ways
We revisit this issue in a new piece
In today's G-minus-2 world, both the United States and China are providing bad leadership. By further weakening the internal cohesion of the world’s leading powers, the COVID-19 crisis threatens to leave the world even more rudderless, unstable, and...
Rob Malley“The COVID-19 crisis augurs 3 watersheds: the end of Europe’s integration project, the end of a united, functional America & the end of the implicit social compact b/n the Chinese state & its citizens”
Another must-read by @arvindsubraman
Rob MalleyGideon Levy once more counters conventional wisdom:
“Annexation has always been presented as mother of all disasters, but we have to stop fearing it. It is shaping up as the only way possible shake-up that could end this status quo of despair”
Two former NSC officials challenge colleagues who argue that U.S. national security policy places too much emphasis on counter-terrorism and not enough on climate change and infectious disease. Malley and Pomper agree that the counterterrorism...
The coronavirus pandemic and a chapter of history that should have expired long ago
Rob Malley« It is time to finally end the chapter of our history that began on September 11, 2001.”
Important piece by @brhodes on the warped priorities that emerged from 9/11 and the need for a profound rethink
The pandemic is ravaging an already weakened economy. But Iranian activists across society are stepping up , say Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi
Rob Malley“Controlling the virus would not be a favour to the Iranian government, but to Iranians themselves – and indeed, to the rest of the world.”
Important read by @AzadehMoaveni & @sussantweets
Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.
Rob MalleyDeath of dual or foreign national detainee from #coronavirus would be a stain hard for Iran to erase
Denial of basic Iranian needs due to Trump administration opposing IMF loan would be a shame hard for US to overcome
@AliVaez & I suggest a way forward.
In his death, the Iranian general may cost the United States far more than it gained by his killing.
Rob MalleyThis by Bill Burns & @CrisisGroup trustee Jake Sullivan:
“America is stumbling into a tragedy of its own making. The Iranian regime is poised to once again reap the rewards, turning Soleimani’s loss into a long-term gain.”
Friends and foes alike no longer know where the United States stands. As Washington overpromises and underdelivers, regional powers are seeking solutions on their own—both…
Rob MalleyIt's that time of the year again -- here are our Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2020.
Always a very hard list to come up with, and as usual we unfortunately were spoiled for choice. Waiting for the day when we will be unable to come up with 10...
Tehran has been scaling back compliance in retaliation for President Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 agreement.
Rob MalleyAs I told the @nytimes, Iran’s decision “will come as a surprise only to those who believed in the fantasy that the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign somehow would lead Tehran to agree to more stringent measures."
Traditionally, a strong rising power has challenged a weakening incumbent, making the outcome preordained. But the outcome of the current struggle between China and the United States is far from inevitable, because the powers of both the aspirant...
Rob Malley“China & America look like two tired boxers who go at each other for 15 grueling rounds, not to determine who will stay upright, but rather to discover who will be the first not to go down”
From the inestimable & thought-provoking @arvindsubraman
The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation...
Rob MalleyCommander of Kurdish forces in #Syria to US official:
"I need to know if u are capable of protecting my people, stopping these bombs falling on us or not... If not, I need to make a deal w/Russia & regime now & invite their planes to protect this region”
The annual United Nations General Assembly high-level session in the last week of September offered leaders and diplomats the chance to address today’s gravest crises. UN Director Richard Gowan and Senior Analyst Ashish Pradhan reflect on what...
Rob MalleyEverything you'd want to know about what just happened at #UNGA19 from the person you'd want to know it from
Rob Malley.@NickKristof: "Trump has a genuine dilemma: Inaction may be perceived as weakness, while military strikes may escalate and drag us into cataclysm. But this is a dilemma of Trump’s own making".
Sudan’s military junta and opposition have agreed to form a civilian-led administration to steer a transition toward free and fair elections. But the generals signed only under pressure. All Sudanese – and outside partners – will need to remain...
Rob Malley« The achievements of the Sudanese people are remarkable, not just in ending Bashir’s rule but in standing up to the junta’s series of schemes to seamlessly replace the ousted strongman w/a like-minded lieutenant »
Our statement on the way forward👇