Austin L. Wright

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The Biden administration is pressing ahead with the planned withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan. Early gestures by the Taliban suggested it was willing to demobilize in exchange for a negotiated settlement. Late last year, the group even agreed to a set of rules for negotiating a comprehensive cease-fire.

But recent military operations have changed assessments of what is likely to follow the final withdrawal of U.S. troops on Sept. 11. In recent weeks, the Taliban has led an unexpected offensive, seizing dozens of districts and cities in Northern Afghanistan — along with Afghanistan’s main border crossing with Tajikistan. As the Taliban quickly moved across the region, local leaders coordinated peace agreements and Afghan troops exchanged U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

This map shows the areas studied, outlining the sections assigned to the north, south and outer zones.

The Trump administration is pressing ahead with building a wall along the nation’s southern border. President Trump often justifies the border wall by saying it will help deter crime.

But do border walls cut down on crime? Our research on the separation barrier erected by Israel in the West Bank suggests not.

Here’s how we did our research

In a recent paper, we studied whether the initial phase of wall construction in the West Bank, between 2000 and 2004, reduced vehicle thefts in Israel. During that period, the Israeli wall was partially constructed, much as is true for the U.S. border wall.…  Seguir leyendo »