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January 25, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Yemen’s Tragedy: War, Stalemate, and Suffering

Yemen’s internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an intractable political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

November 8, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Religious Freedom in the Middle East

Our panelists examine religious freedom in the Middle East, how international organizations and the United States have responded to the persecution of religious minorities in the past, and what can b…

Play Orthodox Christian woman lighting a torch at the Holy Fire Ceremony in Jerusalem

October 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Academic Webinar: Geopolitics in the Middle East

Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at CFR, leads a co…

Play Map of the Middle East

September 23, 2021

Qatar
A Conversation With Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani of Qatar

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani discusses developments in Afghanistan, engagements with Palestinians, policy priorities for Qatar-U.S. relations, and broader regional concerns.

Play Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaking at a table.

August 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years. 

July 15, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
King Abdullah Visits the White House, Netanyahu’s Trial Resumes, and More

Jordanian King Abdullah II visits U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trial for bribery charges resumes in Jerusalem, and world leaders con…

Podcast U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L), meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II (2nd L) at the Royal Palace on March 11, 2010 in Amman, Jordan.

April 29, 2021

Economics
Transition 2021 Series: U.S.-Saudi Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?

Panelists discuss the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship under the Biden administration and its implications for American foreign policy in the Middle East. The Transition 2021 series examines …

Play U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the country, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

April 15, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Got His Groove Back

It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.

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.