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August 14, 2019

Nigeria
Understanding the Threat Posed by ISWA in Nigeria

The fishing town of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, has been devastated by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian army. It is currently controlled by the Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). The group is led by Abu Abdallah al-Barnawi, and is separate from, and presumably a rival to, Abubakar Shekau’s faction. Obi Anyadike, a reporter, interviewed eight former residents of Baga who had fled to Maiduguri.

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June 24, 2019

Turkey
Istanbul’s Election: What Does Erdogan’s Loss Mean for Turkey?

After his party suffered a humiliating loss in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is down but far from out.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of Turkey's main opposition party, at a rally in Istanbul.

June 4, 2015

Religion
A Conversation With Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah

Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah discusses religiously-motivated radicalization and the ways in which Muslim communities can mobilize to counter violent extremism.

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February 26, 2019

Sudan
Current Protests Against Bashir Are Different

The past eight weeks have shown that, given enough time and tenacity, the Sudanese government is amenable to addressing demonstration demands and may point to protesting as a legitimate approach for change for future generations.

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December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

March 8, 2017

Development
International Women’s Day

This post is co-authored by Anne Connell, assistant director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an int…

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March 2, 2017

Wars and Conflict
Insights from a CFR Symposium on Women’s Contributions to Peace and Security Processes

At a December 2016 symposium entitled “Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution,” CFR hosted three panel discussions in Washington, DC, with government officials, civil society exp…

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October 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The State of Slavery in Mauritania

Tyler Falish is a student in Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development and a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. T…

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September 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia
A Conversation With Adel al-Jubeir

COLEMAN: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. I’m Isobel Coleman and it is my great pleasure to be here this afternoon with the minister of foreign affairs from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H…

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June 5, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
The Saudis and Israel

Two new developments may suggest an opening in relations between Israel and the Gulf states. The first is a new survey of public opinion in Saudi Arabia, conducted by telephone--from Israel, by stud…