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November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.

April 11, 2019

Sudan
President Omar al-Bashir Is Out. What Is Next for Sudan?

The people of Sudan have earned the world’s admiration and respect. Their bravery, persistence, unity, and discipline have achieved what for so many years had seemed impossible - the end of Omar al-B…

 Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the announcement that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained and a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period, Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019.

January 24, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
The al-Saud Do It Again

In 2001 to 2003, after the 9/11 attacks, more and more analysts predicted the demise of the House of al-Saud. I recall classified intelligence analyses saying this, and a good example of the journali…

December 26, 2013

Palestinian Territories
Arafat and al-Jazeera: Manufacturing Trouble

This week Russian experts added their voices to those of French experts who had examined Yasser Arafat’s remains to determine if he was poisoned. "French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser …

November 7, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Al Jazeera Backs the Muslim Brotherhood

I’ve done several blog posts questioning the impartiality of Al Jazeera as a news source (for example, here), but even so I was amazed by a line in the Washington Post today. In an article entitled "…

April 30, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Danger of Al-Shabaab’s Evolution

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, Assistant Director, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. In the past five years, the Somali jihadist group al-Shaba…

Al-Shabaab Evolution

January 3, 2013

Is al-Jazeera a News Network?

Today’s news informs us that Al Gore and his partners have sold their "left-leaning Current TV" to al-Jazeera, which is to say to the government of Qatar. Although "The nation’s second-largest TV ope…

June 28, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sudan’s Al-Bashir on the Way Out?

Al-Bashir’s regime is in trouble. It has lost seventy-five percent of its revenue with the independence of South Sudan, creating a huge budget deficit. Of its remaining revenue, the press estimates s…

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses supporters after receiving victory greetings at the Defence Ministry, in Khartoum April 20, 2012.

January 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Al-Qaeda in Nigeria?

A man sits in the back of an army truck carrying victims of a bomb blast near a military barracks in Nigeria's capital Abuja December 31, 2010. (Afolabi Sotunde/courtesy Reuters) Last week, th…

Al-Qaeda in Nigeria?