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May 3, 2012

Pakistan
Pakistan on the Brink: A Conversation with Ahmed Rashid

Leading Pakistani journalist and bestselling author Ahmed Rashid analyzes the current state of Afghanistan and Pakistan, prospects for U.S. government negotiation with the Taliban, and the potential …

Podcast

April 18, 2008

Israel

September 21, 2007

Egypt
A Conversation with Ahmed Aboul Gheit

Watch Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, discuss the potential outcomes of the proposed Middle East peace conference and prospects for peace in the region as a whole.

Play

September 9, 2022

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guantanamo Bay: Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Controversy

The U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has generated intense debate for two decades, raising enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

September 21, 2007

Egypt

October 24, 2013

China
Shazeda Ahmed: Saving Face in U.S.-China Space Relations

Shazeda Ahmed is an intern for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In early- to mid-October, NASA came under fire for allegations of prejudice against Chinese scientists. Prominent sci…

The sun is captured over Earth's horizon by one of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station on May 21, 2013 (NASA/Courtesy Reuters).

August 17, 2009

Afghanistan
Afghan Elections: A Perilous Time

Ahmed Rashid, a leading expert on Afghanistan, says the August 20 presidential election in Afghanistan is "critically important" to achieving political stability, but he worries the vote will trigger…

July 1, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender-Based Violence Prompts Outcry in Egypt, Jordan

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers June 25 to July 1. 

Demonstrator participate in a protest against gender-based violence in Amman, Jordan on July 22, 2020

August 16, 2022

Nigeria
Massive Borrowing Puts Nigeria’s Future at Risk

The country’s bloated debt portfolio is the outcome of decades-long economic mismanagement.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2021 budget to the national assembly.

December 11, 2009

Pakistan
Coming up Short on Pakistan

President Obama says Pakistan is crucial to the success of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. But five Pakistani experts argue the Pakistan part of Obama’s strategy is flawed.