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March 26, 2012

International Organizations
The Arab League Summit: Three Things to Know

This week’s Arab League Summit in Baghdad presents questions about the organization’s role in a changed Middle East, the durability of Assad’s regime in Syria, and Iraq’s security and regional ties, …

July 12, 2016

Islamic State
Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy.

August 20, 2014

Iraq
Can Iraq Save Itself?

As prime minister, Haider al-Abadi could lead Iraq in a positive direction, but long-term stability in the war-torn country will require political concessions from all factions, explains expert Ned P…

April 28, 2014

Iraq
Historic Iraq Election Brings New Uncertainties

An array of internal challenges looms over Iraq’s future as the country votes in its first general election since the 2011 U.S. withdrawal, explains expert Ned Parker.

May 3, 2013

Iraq
Iraq’s Worsening Situation

The political standoff between the Shiite government of Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni protestors is fueling growing instability in Iraq, which recorded its most violent month in five years, explains Iraq …

June 14, 2012

Iraq
Iraq’s ’Precarious’ Future

Ongoing violence and corruption in Iraq since the U.S. military pullout could augur a return to full-on sectarian strife and continued poor governance, says CFR’s Ned Parker.

December 28, 2011

Elections and Voting
Potential ’Political Chaos’ in Iraq

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq this month, an emerging political battle among the country’s top leaders has raised concerns over its stability. It underscores the difficult road ahead for…

February 8, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sierra-Leone-Kamajors-Vigilante-Counterinsurgency-Africa Podcast: Vigilante Groups and Countering Insurgencies in Africa

Vigilante groups usually arise in weak states with deteriorating security situations in which locals feel compelled to take their security into their own hands. The state will often try to co-opt these militias, who are afforded a level of legitimacy in their communities that the military is not, at least initially, and thus have a distinct advantage in counterinsurgency operations.

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017. Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

June 8, 2011

Nigeria
NED Event on Youth and Democracy in Nigeria NED Event on Youth and Democracy in Nigeria

A Nigerian Youth Corps worker (beige cap) counts ballots as security officers, polling agents and voters watch in the populous Ebute Metta district of Lagos, April 9, 2011. (Daniel Wallis/Courtesy Re…