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February 5, 2018

Iran
Iran's Imperial Ambitions Challenge Middle East Borders

In May, 2017 Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations branch known as the Qods Force, visited the Iraq/Syria border in the company of an Iran-…

November 27, 2017

Women and Economic Growth
saudi woman Discriminatory Laws Cost the Middle East Billions of Dollars Annually

As families work tirelessly to increase their income, and nations drive ever harder to spur economic growth, it can be easy to overlook the fact that the secret to growth may be hidden in plain sight…

October 24, 2016

Egypt
bp10242016 Thinking About Culture and the Middle East

Can observers incorporate culture into their analyses of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy toward the region?

March 21, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Update

Related readings: Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt by Richard N. Haass Transformation in the Middle East: Comparing the Uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Bahrain by Robert H. Pelletreau Libya…

February 6, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-North-East-development-Commission-Borno Nigeria Unveils North East Development Commission

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, signed into law the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in October 2017. The NEDC’s mission is to lead the reconstruction and development of Nigeria’s northeast.

October 22, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
A New Middle East Policy

Recently a group of Republican national security experts, mostly academics and former officials, joined to produce Choosing to Lead, a volume aimed at describing what a foreign policy for a new Repub…

July 1, 2016

Israel
The Middle East Quartet’s New Report Misses the Point

The Middle East Quartet has just issued its first report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace efforts, and briefed the Security Council yesterday. The UN’s report on the report begins this w…

January 29, 2018

United States
Equifax New Cyber Brief: Reforming the U.S. Approach to Data Protection and Privacy

Nuala O’Connor from the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that Congress should create a single legislative data-protection mandate to protect individuals’ privacy and reconcile the differenc…

July 6, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
TrumpSaudi What Trump Gets Right About the Middle East

The president has made plenty of unforced foreign policy errors. But in the Middle East, he seems to grasp what the United States can achieve and, importantly, what it cannot.

September 11, 2017

Iraq
Kurd referendum Is the World Ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum Among Iraqi Kurds Has Middle East on Edge

Iraq continues to bedevil American foreign policy, and the world. Now the Kurds will vote on their own state.