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April 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Nobody Knows Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a lectern

March 4, 2021

Europe
CEO Speaker Series With Sir Martin Sorrell

Martin Sorrell discusses growing a business during uncertain economic times and the future of digital marketing. The CEO Speaker Series is a unique forum for leading global CEOs to share their ins…

Play Sir Martin Sorrell walks down Whitehall

March 1, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
A Realist Reset for US-Saudi Relations

U.S. interests argue for maintaining ties to Saudi Arabia despite clear evidence that the Crown Prince approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman attends a working breafast with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.

February 24, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
CFR Academic Webinar: Should We Stay or Should We Go? America's Role in the Middle East

F. Gregory Gause III, department head and professor of international affairs and John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, leads a conversation…

Play Soldier in the Middle East.

February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.

February 10, 2021

United States
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-five men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay, which has been revised …

White House

February 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Saudi Arabia Gets Away With Murder

Investors flocking to Riyadh’s “Davos in the Desert” prove that nobody knows what accountability for Mohammed bin Salman would even mean.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured with two other Saudi officials seated behind him

January 13, 2021

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty—Reducing the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations is expected to hold the tenth Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2021, following its spring 2020 postponement. In this event, panelists discuss the status o…

Play A demonstrator holds a peace sign during an anti-nuclear weapons protest rally and march in New York May 2, 2010. On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference

December 16, 2020

Economics
Frontier Market Entrepreneurship: Startup Success Beyond Silicon Valley and Term Member Happy Hour

Our panelists discuss the growing amount of startup ecosystems that are popping up outside of Silicon Valley and other major economic centers, including what it takes for many of those startups to su…

Play An employee works on his laptop at the Start-up Village in the southern Indian city of Kochi