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June 1, 2018

Niger
Niger-Flintlock-US-military-ISIS The Islamic State "Presence" in the Sahel Is More Complicated Than Affiliates Suggest

The name of the organization conjures association with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but caution is required. Evidence that the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara is somehow an extension of the Islamic State in the Middle East or even in Libya is sparse.

January 5, 2018

Iran
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

January 2, 2018

Iran
Getty Images The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.

June 22, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Yemen_6.21.2018 Global Conflict This Week: June 22, 2018

Welcome to “Global Conflict This Week,” a series that highlights developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week. Stay up to date on these conflicts and others with th…

June 14, 2018

West Africa
West-Africa-Algeria-Mali-Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Terrorism Notorious Algerian Terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar Could Still Be Alive

While Belmokhtar is most often associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), he also has close ties with other Islamist groups.

June 5, 2018

Military Operations
Niger-Senegal-Flintlock-U.S.-Special-Forces-Africa U.S. Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa Will Likely Decline

In the context of the “war on terror,” many American friends of sub-Saharan Africa’s have been concerned that Washington has been tilting away from supporting the continent’s economic, social, and po…

May 31, 2018

Iran
Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018. Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

May 24, 2018

Women and Economic Growth
Syrian women hold food aid distributed by humanitarian institutions. Arab Women in Syria Join the Fight — and the Movement

After the liberation of Raqqa, Syria, women are returning to the city with their families and taking on new roles in the rebuilding process.

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.

May 16, 2018

Israel
Gaza and Hamas

This is a painful week to be a leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas--and a much worse week to be living under its rule. Israel left Gaza in 2005, and in 2007 Hamas seized control by ove…