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October 5, 2018

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

January 11, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Burden Sharing

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

November 1, 2018

Donald Trump
Trump Policy in the Middle East

What has been the effect of two years of Trump policy in the Middle East? In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (and behind their pay wall), I argue that: When Donald Trump arrived in office U.S. in…

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

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October 31, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
The Saudis Are Killing America’s Middle East Policy

Mohammad bin Salman isn’t just ruining his own reputation—he’s spoiling Washington’s policies across the region.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is seen during a meeting with U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. March 27, 2018

August 15, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Transatlantic Aims Overlap in the Middle East

Although deep disconnects plague current transatlantic cooperation in the Middle East, the United States and Europe still share a common interest in stabilizing this volatile region.

U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General at a NATO meeting

September 20, 2018

China
The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 13, 2018. Almost two decades ago, I went to dinner at a restaurant called Peking in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo to celebrat…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, December 14, 2015

April 27, 2018

Syria
Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

June 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.

January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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