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October 5, 2018

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

July 1, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Long Shadow of 9/11: How Counterterrorism Warps U.S. Foreign Policy

This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs.  When it comes to political orientation, worldview, life experience, and temperament, the past three presidents of the United States could…

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July 23, 2018

Turkey
Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on July 5, 2018 A few summers ago, a Turkish military officer stopped me to chat after a lecture I gave at a conference in Washington. During …

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June 1, 2018

Niger
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.

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April 19, 2018

Sudan
Five Questions on the Sudan Peace Process

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Women carry identification papers during the registration for a Darfur referendum, at a registration centre at Abo-Shouk IDP camp at Al Fashir in North Darfur, February 17, 2016.

April 6, 2018

Egypt
With Freedom and Justice for Sisi

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

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March 26, 2018

Russia
Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

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March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

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

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

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

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January 23, 2018

Egypt
Egypt's Putinesque Election

With an election looming, the incumbent president arrests and disqualifies all possible opponents, one after another. Vladimir Putin? Yes, as we see in his treatment of Alexei Navalny. (The BBC tells…