As the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban, a Sunni Islamic extremist insurgency, continues to challenge the government in Kabul. To understand the origin of the Taliban, its rise, structure, resiliency, and Washington's elusive endgame in Afghanistan, read this CFR Backgrounder, which includes interactive maps and timelines.
The prospect of a democratic Egypt continues to fade as the military continues to crack down on supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi. This CFR Issue Guide aggregates articles and analyses that provide a comprehensive look at U.S. policy toward Egypt and regional security implications.
To learn more about the events unfolding in the region and read interviews and testimonials by experts, visit CFR's page on Egypt.
CFR's Council of Councils initiative recently launched the Global Memo, a monthly Expert Brief focusing on a major event or significant global governance issue. In this edition, Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari, from the South African Institute of International Affairs, examines the evolving role of the African Union in promoting peace and security on the continent. Read more »
Nearly two years after NATO's intervention in Libya, observers fear that the country could become a failed state. Nevertheless, Libyans are hopeful about the country's future. Scholars Lindsay Benstead, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Wichmann write in this Foreign Affairs snapshot that "Libyans are not only optimistic about their future but also strongly committed to achieving democracy. Of those surveyed, 83 percent agree with the assertion that 'democracy may have its problems, but it is the best form of government.'" Visit Foreign Affairs »