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June 22, 2018

Yemen
An Emirati soldier escorts Yemen's prime minister in the port city of Mukha. How the UAE Wields Power in Yemen

The Gulf nation’s ground troops have cultivated alliances in Yemen with local armed groups, but its ability to shape the civil war’s outcome is limited.

June 4, 2018

Bangladesh
Lawyers supporting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) shout slogans as they sit on a street during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Bangladesh’s Democratic Erosion: How Democracy Assistance Can Help

Steve Cima is resident program director for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Geoffrey Macdonald is principal researcher for democracy and governance at the International Republican Institute. Banglade…

May 25, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Saudi woman sits in a car during a driving training at a university in Jeddah. Women This Week: Seized in Saudi

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering May 19 to May 25, was compiled with suppo…

May 25, 2018

United States
memorial day 2018 Remembering Those Memorial Day Honors

The United States has fought twelve major wars and a countless number of smaller skirmishes in its history. Memorial Day is how we honor the soldiers, sailors, airmen, airwomen, and marines who did n…

May 25, 2018

Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018. The Complicated Geopolitics of U.S. Oil Sanctions on Iran

U.S.-Iranian conflict resolution is in flux following withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and it remains unclear whether sanctions will be sufficient to force Iran back to the negotiating table. A deeper dive into the energy realpolitik of the matter reveals a host of barriers to improving the status quo in the Middle East.

May 24, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Boko-Haram-Attacks-Maiduguri Boko Haram Faction Reportedly Collecting "Taxes" in Northeast Nigeria

The al-Barnawi faction has reportedly sought to win the people of the Lake Chad basin over by creating an economy—which can then be taxed—by providing certain incentives and financial and material support.

April 16, 2018

United Kingdom
Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

May 3, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria-Zakzaky-Abuja-IMN-Protest Nigeria’s Treatment of Shia Minority Recalls That of Boko Haram

Largely overlooked by the Western media, there is an escalating conflict between Nigeria’s Shiite minority, some of whom are organized into the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and Nigeria’s secular government, that recalls Boko Harams treatment in 2009.

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

April 26, 2018

Human Rights
Demonstrators protest against police violence and the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua on April 23, 2018. Why We Must Never Give Up on Democracy

In Nicaragua and Armenia today, people are rising up against tyranny and demanding human rights and democratic rights. Nicaragua has been suffering under a decade of misrule and deepening tyranny …