US Strategy in Afghanistan Requires Diplomacy and Military Power

After many promises about military prowess and secret plans, the Trump administration is desperate for victory in Afghanistan. US presidents have struggled to understand that, for the Taliban, a fundamentalist political and military group, victory is the ability to outwait a foreign invader, explains Ehsan M. Ahrari, author and military strategist who teaches at the US Army War College. The Trump administration has adjusted strategy for the war in its 17th year by targeting illicit activities that finance the Taliban and embedding US military advisors with Afghan troops closest to combat. Cooperation with other nations is essential to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table: China needs a stable Afghanistan for the success of its Belt and Road Initiative Central Asia, and Pakistan expects the United States to take its apprehensions about any Indian involvement in Afghanistan into consideration. While the Taliban outwaits the foreign troops, China and Pakistan have reason to worry about a fast US exit with minimal political commitment, leaving Afghanistan destabilized. – YaleGlobal

Facing an Aggressive China: The US May Be Inching Towards Asian Alliance

The juxtaposition of speeches and leadership show a stark contrast. Under Xi Jinping, China is strategic in expanding its influence, while the United States and the Donald Trump administration seem to be floundering, lurching about with policies. “Since the 2016 election of Donald Trump, Xi has projected himself as a responsible global statesman committed to maintaining global norms and leading on tackling challenges such as climate change and global trade,” explains Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations. Asian nations assess the strength of commitments as Trump undertakes a 12-day visit with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. “The Narendra Modi government has invested significant diplomatic capital in building ties with Washington, with Modi visiting the United States four times during the last three years,” Pant explains, adding that China’s fast rise may not go completely unchallenged. He concludes that the United States and India along with Japan and Australia could “emerge as guarantors of free trade and defense cooperation across a stretch of ocean from the South China Sea, across the Indian Ocean to Africa.” Again, much depends on the United States keeping its many commitments in word and deed. – YaleGlobal

Nuclear North Korea in US-China Relations: Where do Washington and Beijing Go from Here?

Please join us on Wednesday, October 18 from 4-6 PM, SLB Room 120

Nuclear North Korea in US-China Relations: Where do Washington and Beijing Go from Here?
American and Chinese leaders have long believed the other country to be vital to any solution to North Korea’s nuclear weapons. After Pyongyang’s summer of nuclear advances, are the United States and China any closer to cooperation on the Korean Peninsula? What would a mutually acceptable North Korea strategy look like, and how can Washington and Beijing move towards it?

Join Dingding Chen (Jinan University), Wang Dong (Peking University), Paul Gewirtz, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Robert Williams (Yale Law School) for a timely conversation on a vexing national security challenge – and what it means for the world’s most important bilateral relationship.

Refreshments will be served

Researchers mobilize to save storm-ravaged Monkey Island

A lone rhesus monkey sits on a rock, looking out over the ocean.

A colony of monkeys off the coast of Puerto Rico mostly survived a direct hit by Hurricane Maria but an international team of researchers who have studied the 1,000 free-ranging Rhesus monkeys are scrambling to assist survivors and the staff who serve them on the tiny island, which now lacks vegetation and fresh water.

Cayo Santiago is a small island off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, and the monkeys have been subjects in scientific research since the 1930s, which makes this site the longest running primate field site in the world,” said Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University, who has worked at the site for over 23 years.

Yale provides medical relief to Puerto Rico

Medical relief for Puerto Rico

“I’m sorry, I need to send this,” said Marietta Vazquez, M.D., HS ’97, FW ’01, associate professor of pediatrics, as she looked at a message on her cell phone. She was standing in a warehouse on Howard Avenue on Tuesday morning, arranging to ship 15,000 pounds of antibiotics, sutures, gauze, surgical kits, syringes, medications, and other medical supplies to Puerto Rico. Her phone never stopped ringing and she rarely took her eyes away from the phone as she scanned her messages.

After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico on September 20, Vazquez first ascertained that her family in the outskirts of San Juan was safe. Then she thought about her medical colleagues there.

Paul Tsai China Center: Domestic Violence and Battered-Woman


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 4:10PM – 5:30PM

– Room 121

Li Ying is a leading women’s rights advocate and public interest lawyer in China. She is at the forefront of representing victims of domestic violence who killed their abusers in China’s latest battered-woman defense cases. 

Justice Denis Boyle of the Bronx Supreme Court, Criminal Term is a seasoned jurist specializing in felony cases involving domestic violence.

Join us for a fascinating conversation on the emergence of battered-woman defense in China, and a comparative look at its legal development in U.S. criminal trials.