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September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.

September 2, 2020

Nigeria
Nigerian Atheist Arrested and Disappeared

The arrest and subsequent disappearance of Mubarak Bala, an avowed atheist from a prominent Muslim family, illustrates the fragility of human rights and the rule of law when an individual directly challenges the norms of conservative society in Nigeria.

Male protestors in Lagos protest against the government. The front sign reads "It is not a 'my religion or tribe is better than yours' matter. All our blood is red."

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What’s Behind the New Israel-UAE Peace Deal?

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, paving the way for other Arab nations to do the same but angering the Palestinians.

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Are Gulf Arab States Aligning Toward Israel?

The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates reflects a profound shift in which Gulf Arab states opposed to Iran no longer consider relations with Israel off limits.

August 13, 2020

Afghanistan
Virtual Meeting: A Conversation With Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

President Ghani discusses the challenges facing Afghanistan, the peace deal with the Taliban, and the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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August 10, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

July 30, 2020

Religion
Responding to COVID-19 and Racism: Learning From Faith Communities

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, senior rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago, Bishop Michael Curry, the twenty-seventh presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, and Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, executive …

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July 28, 2020

Nigeria
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With John Campbell

John Campbell discusses Nigeria, its history, colonial legacy, and strategic importance to the United States. Ambassador Campbell argues that Nigeria is the African country of greatest strategic i…

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July 23, 2020

Nigeria
Not All Violent Problems Require Violent Solutions: Banditry in Nigeria’s North-West

For more than two years, northwestern Nigeria has faced devastating attacks from armed bandits, particularly in the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, and Sokoto. But violent military operations are half-baked peace plans are not the answer.

A young man in a white tunic robe carries handmade guns. He is flanked by a soldier in camouflage fatigues and a rifle.

July 20, 2020

Energy and Environment
Corporate Virtual Roundtable: Petrostates in Peril

Panelists discuss the geopolitical and economic ramifications of the current state of oil markets.   KRAUSS: Good morning. Welcome to today's Council on Foreign Relations meeting. I'm Clifford Kr…

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