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November 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

August 3, 2020

Energy and Environment
California’s Bold Conservation Push Is Part of a Hopeful Global Trend

Environmental stewardship pays economic and other dividends. Fortunately, many are acknowledging that natural capital is just as important for human prosperity and security as financial, physical, an…

A rainbow is seen across the Yosemite Valley in front of El Capitan granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California, on March 29, 2019.

September 25, 2019

Iran
Rouhani Punctures Hope for Iran-U.S. Thaw

Iran’s president used his UN address to dispel notions about ramped-up diplomacy with the United States or fundamental changes to Iranian actions in the Persian Gulf.

August 13, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Real-Life Heroism

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films inspired by actual heroes. 

Three movie posters: "Black Hawk Down" (man sits with a gun); "Gary Cooper Sergeant York" (man in helmet crouches with a gun); "Beneath Hill 60" (a woman and two men look out above the photo of a group of men in mining gear).

March 20, 2019

Algeria
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria

The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.

People take part in a protest demanding immediate political change in Algiers, Algeria March 12, 2019

October 5, 2018

Iraq
Iraq’s Two New Leaders Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Salih and Abdul-Mahdi are capable politicians in a nation that desperately needs that, at a time when progress seems possible.

Barham Salih, Iraq's new president, walks with new Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad.

October 25, 2017

Arab Spring
Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring

Council on Foreign Relations 10/25 Academic Conference Call on Dashed Hopes of the Arab Spring with Steven Cook

Podcast

February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
A Glint of Hope in Bahrain

Two recent developments suggest that the long stand-off in Bahrain between the royal family and Shia political groups may be  moving toward resolution--or at least a chance of progress. First, the S…

December 4, 2017

Tunisia
Women’s Rights Reforms in Tunisia Offer Hope

Women in Tunisia have far more rights than their regional counterparts, but they still are far from true equality. Unequal inheritance laws provide a window into what's really going on in Tunisia.

International Women's Day in Tunisia

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Mohammed bin Salman