"There is no tolerable end to Iran's nuclear imbroglio other than a negotiated settlement. Given the disparity of power between the United States and Iran, Washington has an opportunity to craft a durable accord for arms control while preserving its coercive leverage. Such are the advantages of being a superpower with the world's largest economy and intact alliances. But for that to happen, the United States must stop underestimating its power and overestimating its adversary's resilience," writes CFR Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh in the Washington Post.
"We do not strengthen such reformist voices as exist when we appear weak. The best argument such 'moderates'—if they exist—could make is that aggressive actions in Syria or support for terror overseas or refusal to compromise on nukes are dangerous for Iran and threaten its security interests. When we act in ways that undermine this argument and suggest that we will do anything to avoid a confrontation, we strengthen the hardest of hardliners," writes CFR Senior Fellow Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard.
This CFR Backgrounder explains the security challenges in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Nigeria’s Boko Haram Spills into Niger, Cameroon
Boko Haram, the violent Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, has taken up positions in neighboring Niger and Cameroon, prompting an air campaign by the Nigerian Air Force beyond its borders as it seeks to defeat the militant group (WSJ).
UNITED STATES: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an interview with the Daily Beast that the U.S. government's collection of telephone records was kept secret for too long and should have been disclosed to the public.