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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 …

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…

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.

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.

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).

June 20, 2019

Sudan
Will Gulf Nations Tip the Balance in Sudan Crisis?

Gulf powers have lined up behind Sudan’s ruling military council. Where Sudan goes from here could depend on whether other powers play a countervailing role.

Sudanese protesters wave national flags and shout slogans during a protest outside the army complex in the capital Khartoum

June 18, 2019

Ethiopia
U.S. Should Acknowledge Critical Challenges for Ethiopia’s Transition

Anyone fishing for a good news story out of Africa recently has, rightly, celebrated Ethiopia, where dynamic young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dramatically opened political space, departing from decades or repressive, tightly controlled government. But Ethiopia faces real and urgent challenges, and it is critical that well-wishers not ignore them. Abiy has lifted the lid off of a pressure cooker—one his predecessors held in place with sometimes brutal force—and in some cases the result has not been euphoria, but rather messy, complex eruptions of communal violence.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sits at a desk in parliament and responds to questions

March 13, 2019

Zimbabwe
Welcome Legal Reforms Undermined by Repression in Zimbabwe

In the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, hope was palpable in Harare. Civil society activists, journalists, and business leaders marveled at how political space had opened up in the wake of the coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe. It was as if an entire country had opened up the windows to let in fresh air. However, these victories for Zimbabwe are ringing hollow because they occur against an alarming backdrop of state-sponsored violence and intimidation.

People arrested during protests wait to appear in the Magistrates court in Harare, Zimbabwe, January 16, 2019.