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Delegates are seen before talks begin between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, on September 12, 2020. Ibraheem al Omari/Reuters

What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

For peace to take hold in Afghanistan, formidable challenges will need to be overcome during the talks. Read More

Iran
Iran Unlikely to Negotiate With the United States in the Near-Term
Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…
Libya
Prospects for Peace in Libya Are Bleak
Despite recent UN efforts to coordinate talks, peace in Libya remains elusive.
Cybersecurity
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Cyberattack on U.S. Critical Infrastructure
This year, a highly disruptive cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure, including electoral systems, was the top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Mass-Casualty Terrorist Attack on the United States or a Treaty Ally
    This year, a mass-casualty terrorist attack on the United States or a treaty ally directed or inspired by a foreign terrorist organization was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • Iran
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation Between Iran and the United States
    This year, an armed confrontation between Iran and the United States or one of its allies over Iran's involvement in regional conflicts and support of militant proxy groups was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • North Korea
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Severe Crisis on the Korean Peninsula
    This year, a severe crisis on the Korean Peninsula following the collapse of the denuclearization negotiations and renewed long-range missile testing was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • South China Sea
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: An Armed Confrontation in the South China Sea
    This year, an armed confrontation over disputed maritime areas in the South China Sea was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • Russia
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Crisis Between Russia and Ukraine
    This year, a severe crisis between Russia and Ukraine following increased fighting in eastern Ukraine, and/or a major military clash in contested areas, was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • Central America
    Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: Worsening Conditions in the Northern Triangle
    This year, deteriorating economic and security conditions in the Northern Triangle, resulting in increased migration outflows from the region, was included as a top tier priority in the Center for Preventive Action’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey.
  • Lebanon
    Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?
    Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…