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December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

February 1, 2017

Iraq
Play RTSXGYP_EC.jpg Iraq Reconsidered: Ten Years After the Surge

Experts discuss the successes and failures of the 2007 U.S. military surge in Iraq, its implications for U.S. strategy in the region over the past ten years, and lessons moving forward.

November 7, 2008

India
An Indian commando running into Taj Hotel before a gun battle in Mumbai, November 28, 2008. RAW: India’s External Intelligence Agency

India’s primary espionage agency and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have long been at odds in a long-standing battle for influence.

November 30, 2010

Religion
Sharia and Militancy

Experts say Islamic law, or sharia, holds wide appeal for Muslim populations in many countries and is beginning to spread via democratic means, but it is also being used as a tool of Islamic militanc…

October 17, 2007

Democratization
Plans for Iraq’s Future: Federalism, Separatism, and Partition

A Senate proposal calling for the restructuring of Iraq’s government has drawn fire from Iraqis who liken it to partition. Amid the criticism have emerged other controversial options.

February 5, 2009

Iraq
Iraq’s Political Landscape

Iraq’s provincial elections provide signals about the maturity of the country’s political system, as well as highlight new power brokers in the provinces.

May 15, 2013

Pakistan
Daniel Markey and Cameron Munter

OPERATOR: I would now like to turn today's conference over to Ms. Anya Schmemann. Ms. Schmemann, please begin.ANYA SCHMEMANN: Thank you. And hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us this mornin…

September 13, 2012

United States
Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

June 14, 2012

Iraq
Iraq’s ’Precarious’ Future

Ongoing violence and corruption in Iraq since the U.S. military pullout could augur a return to full-on sectarian strife and continued poor governance, says CFR’s Ned Parker.

May 6, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Transitional Government

This publication is now archived. What is the next step in the creation of the Iraqi government?On April 6, the 275 members of the transitional National Assembly elected the nation’s new president, K…