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January 31, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018

January 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

An Israeli soldier speaks on his mobile phone at a military outpost on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights over looking the Israel-Syria border February 4, 2015.

January 7, 2019

Togo
Pressure Mounting Against Dynasties in Togo and Gabon

The past few months have not been comforting for advocates of dynastic succession in Africa. In Togo and Gabon, favorite sons have become focal points for popular frustration.

CoupAttempt

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

October 1, 2018

Trade
NAFTA’s Economic Impact

President Trump has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, hoping a new trilateral accord will reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.  

Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States.

November 8, 2018

Monetary Policy
The Role of the U.S. Federal Reserve

The role of the Federal Reserve has transformed in the past decade, as it has deployed trillions of dollars to boost the U.S. economy while expanding its regulatory oversight of the nation’s financia…

Federal Reserve

September 23, 2011

Yemen
Weekend Reading: Saleh Comes Home, Palestine Is Born?, and Redistricting in Lebanon

  Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Courtesy Reuters) Gregory Johnson on Saleh’s ret…

Weekend Reading: Saleh Comes Home, Palestine Is Born?, and Redistricting in Lebanon

November 2, 2018

United States
Stephen Kotkin’s “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941” Wins 2018 CFR Arthur Ross Book Award

November 2, 2018—Professor Stephen Kotkin has won the seventeenth annual Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Arthur Ross Book Award for Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 (Random House), the second…

January 22, 2012

United States
Mr. Saleh Comes to Visit

The Obama Administration has decided to admit Yemen’s President Saleh to the United States for medical care. It is a controversial decision both in Yemen and here in the United States. As the Washing…