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December 3, 2015

Egypt
What the Jailing of Ismail Alexandrani Tells Us About Egypt

Ismail Alexandrani is an Egyptian journalist who was detained when he returned to Egypt recently, and that detention has now been extended for at least another 15 days. His treatment by the governme…

June 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathri_5.9.2018 Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_5.10.2018 Can Mahathir Mohamad be Malaysia’s First Democratically Elected Prime Minister?

By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …

April 13, 2018

China
Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

February 8, 2018

Turkey
Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

December 1, 2017

Yemen
Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off. How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

November 14, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
nadia murad at the UN How the Islamic State Benefits from Sexual Violence

Extremist groups benefit strategically and financially from the subjugation of women, says Nadia Murad Basee Taha, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking…

August 28, 2017

Egypt
EgyptNasser The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Once a diverse, cosmopolitan society, Egypt has descended into corruption, inequality, and bigotry. Sound familiar?

February 23, 2017

Afghanistan
Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.