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April 5, 2007

Peacekeeping
Cole: Khamenei Used British Captives to Energize Iranian Nationalism

Juan Cole, an expert on Iran, says Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used the capture of British military personnel “to whip up Iranian nationalistic sentiments” to garner support for his…

November 12, 2019

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Maintain Maximum Pressure on Iran?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

A line of Iranian flags wave in a square in Tehran.

October 17, 2019

Nigeria
Buhari Orders Land Borders Closed in Long-Running Effort to Boost Rice Production

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered closed Nigeria’s land border with Benin, preventing the import of goods. The move significantly affected trade in foodstuffs. It is part of an effort to tackle smuggling and associated corruption, but also, apparently, to spur the domestic agricultural industry. On October 14, Nigeria ordered closed all of Nigeria’s borders with Benin, as well as those with all other countries, for the same reasons.

A farmer works with rice sprouts on a farm

March 23, 2007

Turkey
A Conversation with Ali Babacan

Watch Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Babacan discuss foreign policy challenges in the Caucasus and the Middle East.

March 23, 2007

Turkey
A Conversation with Ali Babacan

7:45 - 8:00 a.m. Roundtable breakfast8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Discussion

March 14, 2013

The World Next Week: Obama Visits Israel, Khamenei Gives New Year’s Address, the Iraq War’s 10th Anniversary Is Marked, and Xi Visits Russia

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed President Obama’s visit to Israel, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s New Year’s speech, the tenth anniversary of the start of Iraq War, and Chine…

An Israeli family holds welcome signs in Hebrew and English during an event organized by the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on March 1, 2013 (Nir Elias/Courtesy Reuters).

September 12, 2019

Iran
Israel Is Doing All the Dirty Work Against Iran

The United States came up with “maximum pressure”—but the Israeli government is the only one carrying it out.

Israeli soldiers charge a mortar shell

March 12, 2019

United Kingdom
The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

Northern Ireland

October 1, 2012

Iran
A Conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi

Iranian minister of foreign affairs Ali Akbar Salehi discusses Iran's nuclear program, sanctions, and the country's relationship with the United States.