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Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

In a new paper, Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, discusses how great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts in the Middle East, and how Washington should avoid the kind of strategic errors that have provided opportunities for other major powers, notably Russia and China, to undermine U.S. policy. Read More

Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: The Danger of U.S.-China Confrontation Over Taiwan
Yun Sun is a senior fellow, codirector of the East Asia program, and director of the China program at the Stimson Center. 2020 witnessed tension across the Taiwan Strait unseen since the 1996 miss…
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Economic, Political, and Humanitarian Catastrophe in Venezuela
Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, experts ranked “accelerating economic collapse and political …
Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria
Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…
  • Afghanistan
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Increasing Violence in Afghanistan
    Laurel Miller is director of the Asia program at the International Crisis Group and former acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. Department of State.  Although the…
  • North Korea
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: A North Korea Crisis
    Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As we turn the calendar on 2020 and embark on 2021, the inc…
  • Conflict Prevention
    What to Worry About in 2021
    With attention focused on a slew of pressing domestic crises the new Biden Administration will have to contend with, U.S. policymakers should not ignore the risks of serious international conflicts e…
  • Syria
    Despite Ceasefire Agreement, Turkey Implicated In More Than Eight Hundred Violations
    Amy Austin Holmes is a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. One year ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prom…
  • Afghanistan
    Women Should Be at the Center of Afghan Peace Talks
    With Afghan peace talks underway, those seeking to undermine the process are targeting Afghan women in hopes of derailing it. The US embassy in Afghanistan warned last month that extremist organizati…
  • Venezuela
    Synchronizing With Europe on the Venezuela Crisis
    The United States and its partners in the Americas have made little progress on ending the dire political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Only with the cooperation of crucial partners in the European Union can the U.S. government hope to reach a resolution in the stricken South American nation.
  • Wars and Conflict
    Eruption of Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh
    Ambassador (Ret.) Carey Cavanaugh is a professor of diplomacy and conflict resolution at the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Renewed military actio…