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June 16, 2021

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Election: What to Know

Iran holds its presidential election on June 18, and turnout is expected to be low as the country deals with a battered economy and the ongoing pandemic. But does the Iranian president matter?

May 19, 2021

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 terrorist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

May 11, 2021

Media
Misinformation and Trust in Media

Daniel Acosta-Ramos, investigative researcher at First Draft News, shares best practices in fact-checking and monitoring misinformation. Joy Mayer, founder of Trusting News, discusses how local journ…

Play DOCUMENT DATE: November 05, 2020 Members of the media report from outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes are still being counted two days after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

April 29, 2021

Economics
Transition 2021 Series: U.S.-Saudi Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?

Panelists discuss the future of the U.S.-Saudi relationship under the Biden administration and its implications for American foreign policy in the Middle East. The Transition 2021 series examines …

Play U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the country, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

April 23, 2021

United Kingdom
Moving Past the Troubles: The Future of Northern Ireland Peace

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland, but Brexit border arrangements and growing dissatisfaction are throwing the region’s hard-won gain…

Northern Ireland

April 20, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021 Series: What's Next for U.S.-Iran Relations?

Panelists discuss U.S. policy toward Iran under the Biden administration and how changes in U.S. policy will affect relations with other countries in the Middle East. The Transition 2021 series ex…

Play Iranian women stand in front of an anti-U.S. mural painted on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran November 4, 2011.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Natanz Blackout: Can the Iran Deal Talks Still Succeed?

Washington and Tehran seem determined to revive the deal that freezes Iran’s nuclear program, despite domestic criticism on both sides and the apparent sabotage of an Iranian facility.

April 1, 2021

Tanzania
Interview: Tundu Lissu on Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and the Role of the West in Democratization

Tundu Lissu, in an interview, comments on expectations for President Samia Suluhu Hassan, a Zanzibar native who was sworn in following former President John Magufuli’s death as Tanzania’s sixth—and first female—president.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a guard of honor after being sworn in as president.

March 16, 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.

March 8, 2021

Human Rights
The Biden Administration Agenda on Global Women’s Issues

The Joe Biden administration has announced it will establish the first-ever White House Gender Policy Council to coordinate federal efforts to advance gender equity and equality at home and abroad.  …

Play White House Press Secretary Psaki holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington