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October 5, 2021

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, with enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

October 28, 2019

Syria
Syrian Women Helped Find Baghdadi, Beat ISIS, Will Face ‘Tough Time’ Ahead, Leader Says

'We will continue our resistance and our struggle,' says the head of the all-women’s YPJ, in a rare interview.

October 25, 2021

Latin America
Mexico’s Energy Grid Risks Fading to Black

President Lopez Obrador’s plan to renationalize electricity generation will make it more expensive, dirtier and less reliable and jeopardize the inclusive economic growth he says he wants. 

Worker standing before Mexico's state-run electric utility offices

April 4, 2017

North Korea
How Trump Can Get Xi to Say "Yes" on North Korea

President Trump has sent a stern warning to Xi Jinping that if China does not help us with North Korea, it will be bad for China and the U.S. will act on its own. Although sounding tough, the Preside…

How Trump Can Get Xi to Say "Yes" on North Korea

October 19, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

Evidence is growing that Turkey’s president is ailing—and that could be bad news for the country’s politics.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves after the Global Refugee Forum at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 17, 2019

March 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.

September 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Netanyahu Is Gone. Netanyahu-ism Still Reigns.

When it comes to policies Washington cares about, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor are practically the same.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli army base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, November 24, 2019.

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. 

June 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

July 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.