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March 18, 2013

United States
Israel’s Jerusalem “Piece Process”

So it has begun.  President Barack Obama travels to Israel—as well as Palestine and Jordan—this week and columnists, bloggers, and foreign policy wonks of all stripes have begun commenting on the v…

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October 19, 2012

Weekend Reading: Deja Vu in Egypt?, Lebanese Security, and Jihadists in Syria

Ibrahim El-Houdaiby wonders if Egypt’s Islamists will make the same mistakes as previous regimes. Qifa Nabki offers an interesting profile of Wissam al-Hassan, the head of Lebanon’s Information Bran…


August 1, 2013

Turkey’s Tendency Toward Grandiosity

Aaron Stein has argued in these pages that the AKP’s foreign policy is underlined by more realism than idealism. Certainly the party has crafted different policies toward different Arab states. But t…

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May 10, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
What Next for Nigeria’s Oil Patch?

With Mali’s implosion, Islamic extremism in the Sahel, and the “Boko Haram” insurgency in Nigeria’s north drawing international attention, the Niger Delta has dropped off the radar of many West Afric…

Children stand in front of a stilt house used as a local fuel station near river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa November 27, 2012.

July 30, 2013

Turkish Double Speak: Realism Trumps Idealism in The AKP Era

The article below, about the AKP’s foreign policy in the Middle East, was written by my friend and colleague, Aaron Stein. I hope you find it interesting.  In September 2011, Turkish Prime Minister …


September 5, 2013

The World Next Week: The United States Remembers September 11, Congress Votes on Syria, Australia Holds Elections

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the commemoration of September 11, the congressional vote on Syria, and the Australian general election. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/con…

The Tribute in Light art installation illuminates the New York sky on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center (Eduardo Munoz/Courtesy Reuters).

August 22, 2013

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Use, Mubarak Leaves Prison in Egypt

Significant Developments Syria. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius called today for a forceful international response  to reports that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons outside Damascus ye…

A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013 (Khabieh/Courtesy Reuters).

August 2, 2013

Weekend Reading: Egypt’s State of Emergency, Tunisia’s Terrorism, and Libya’s Legislature

Amr Shalakany analyzes the Egyptian July 8 constitutional declaration, arguing it establishes a de facto state of emergency in Egypt. In the wake of last week’s political assassination in Tunisia, A…


February 26, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa: Progress in HIV/AIDS

South Africa has been ground zero in the HIV/AIDS tragedy. In 2011, about 5.6 million people were HIV positive, about 12 percent of South Africa’s population. According to the Economist, the HIV/AID …

A member of Grandmothers Against Aids and Poverty (GAPA) takes part in an exercise class in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township, February 23, 2010.

February 6, 2015

Political Transitions
You Might Have Missed: Recent Academic Journal Findings

Simon Frankel Pratt, “Crossing off names: the logic of military assassination,” Small Wars & Insurgencies 26(1), 2015, pp. 3-23. Those governments or commentators who publically advocate the use of …