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May 24, 2019

Islamic State
Where Exactly is the Islamic State in West Africa?

The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) claimed a May 16 attack near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing more than 20 soldiers not far from the Malian border. In March it issued a photo of its members in Burkina Faso and in April it claimed an attack on a militia in Mali. But, it is not clear that the ISWA group based primarily in Nigeria is behind those attacks. 

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April 18, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

With another five-year term, President Joko Widodo will possibly revive economic reform efforts and could take a more skeptical view toward China.

President Joko Widodo and his vice presidential candidate Maruf Amin wave during a press conference after Indonesia's election.

February 27, 2019

Energy and Environment
“Perceptions” about Oil or Demand Realities?

Amin Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, whose shareholder is a sovereign nation, weighed in this week with a warning against U.S. and European activist shareholders who are making deman…

The chief executive of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2017

December 12, 2018

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2019

Millions of people around the world voted in 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin earned his fourth term in office, though the contest was far from free and fair. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Or…

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August 20, 2018

Southeast Asia
What Maneuvering Around the 2019 Elections Says About Indonesian Democracy

The past two weeks, both major contenders for the 2019 Indonesian presidential election took steps in advance of the contest next April, which almost surely will pit incumbent President Joko Widodo o…

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September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
A Conversation With Minister Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia

For further reading, please see the CFR In Brief “Trump’s Iran-Saudi Arabia Dilemma” by Philip H. Gordon, the CFR blog post “Scale and Nature of Attacks on Saudi Oil Makes This One Different” by Amy …

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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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June 27, 2013

Afghanistan
The Diplomatic Push for Afghan Peace

The Taliban believes it will have the upper hand in potential negotiations with the Afghan government and its partner in Washington, but it remains unclear what the insurgent group’s goals are in any…

January 30, 2006

Afghanistan
Tarzi: Afghans Likely to be Disappointed at London Conference

Dr. Amin Tarzi, an Afghanistan analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, spoke to cfr.org’s Esther Pan ahead of a major international meeting on Afghan development in London January 31-February 1…

November 6, 2017

Niger
Will the Niger Attack Shift U.S. Policy in West Africa?

An attack on Green Berets in southwest Niger has reignited a debate over U.S. policy in the region that stretches back decades.

Airmen unload a C-130J Super Hercules during a deployment at Agadez, Niger.