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May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City. The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

April 27, 2018

Syria
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

April 9, 2018

Syria
Trump Faces Crowd Trump’s Syria Policy Isn’t Retrenchment. It’s Pandering.

Everything Trump does in Syria revolves around what’s good for Trump. And that’s bad for America.

May 8, 2018

Iran
U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement. United States to Leave the Iran Deal

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the significance of the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

April 6, 2018

Egypt
SisiElectionBanner2018 With Freedom and Justice for Sisi

The arc of Egypt’s history is flat, and it bends toward autocracy.

March 26, 2018

Russia
PutinSalmanVisitMoscow Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

February 27, 2012

Economic Crises
No Great Firewall Will Save Europe

Talk among major economies is intensifying over a "financial firewall" to contain the eurozone crisis. But CFR’s Steven Dunaway says the emphasis should be on pressing debt-saddled states to make ref…

June 29, 2011

International Organizations
Three Challenges for New IMF Director

New IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has to move quickly to establish independence from the European authorities who got her the job, enhance the IMF’s legitimacy, and display her ability to m…

February 17, 2011

Global Governance
The G20’s Continuing Policy Drift

Instead of addressing serious problems in global imbalances, the February 18-19 meeting of the G20 finance minister is poised to go astray with ineffectual talks on reforming the international moneta…