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December 5, 2005

Elections and Voting
Insurgency Expert Gerges: ‘Turning Point’ Occurring in Muslim World, With Growing Hostility Toward Zarqawi and Al-Qaeda

Fawaz A. Gerges, an expert on the insurgency movement in Iraq and on the jihad movement in the Muslim world, says the bombings at three Amman hotels last month have produced "a turning point in the M…

November 15, 2017

United States
John Pomfret’s “The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom” Wins 2017 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

 November 15, 2017—Journalist John Pomfret has won the sixteenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, …

January 28, 2015

U.S. Foreign Policy
Freedom in the World 2015

The invaluable annual report on "Freedom in the World" from Freedom House has just been published. The bottom line is grim:   More aggressive tactics by authoritarian regimes and an upsurge …

June 13, 2006

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, Zarqawi’s Mysterious Successor (aka Abu Ayub al-Masri)

Five days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the group announced his successor, the unknown Abu Hamza al-Muhajir. Speculation abounds about the man and the signifi…

May 16, 2014

United States
UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi pauses during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva January 27, 2014 (Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Friends, Libya’s Military, and Iran’s Negotiations

Significant Developments Syria. The Friends of Syria group met in London yesterday and issued a communique that denounced Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s plan to hold elections on June 3 and agre…

April 17, 2014

United States
Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who stepped down this week (Bourg/Courtesy Reuters). This Week: Syria’s Fighting and Spillover Into Lebanon and Jordan

Significant Developments Syria. Regime fighters reportedly made significant progress against opposition forces in Homs this week, as Syrian military forces began entering rebel districts on Monday, …

July 18, 2007

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Rise of al-Qaedaism

Since 9/11, much of al-Qaeda’s operational capacity has been dismantled but experts say the group’s strength now lies in its ability to inspire others to carry out terrorist attacks.