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November 6, 2006

United States
Examining Counterterrorism Culture

Counterterrorism agencies in the United States proudly point to the lack of a “second 9/11 attack” in response to critics of their methods. Here’s a look at the continuing debate over the proper orga…

August 10, 2006

Middle East and North Africa
The Al-Qaeda-Hezbollah Relationship

Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah are supposedly rival groups on opposite sides of sectarian lines. Yet recent statements from senior al-Qaeda leadership suggest a common enemy may be drawing them together, and…

October 4, 2012

Heads of State and Government
Romney Channels Reagan on Energy

There was a lot of talk about energy in last night’s presidential debate. Mitt Romney in particular frequently injected energy issues into the proceedings. It’s tough to see, though, how most viewers…

September 10, 2012

Transnational Crime
Are Criminals, Terrorists, and Bolivarians Teaming Up Against the United States?

On August 16, Doug Farah, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, published Transnational Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Criminalized States in Latin America: An Emergin…

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad laugh as they watch TV during a visit at Miraflores Palace in Caracas

October 27, 2009

Diplomacy and International Institutions
A Broad Dialogue With Muslims Worldwide

Farah Pandith, U.S. special representative to the world’s Muslim communities, says the new position will aim to build constructive relationships with Muslims at all levels of society to counter extre…

June 18, 2013

Financial Markets
C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics with Neil Irwin

Join Neil Irwin as he discusses the central bankers' role in the great financial crisis and the historical relationship between capitalism and the state. The C. Peter McColough Series on Internation…

June 11, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mapping Mogadishu and the Problem of Warlord Politicians

This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The views expressed below are his personal views and do not reflect those of his former e…

DATE IMPORTED:June 26, 2012People stand in front of a building destroyed during a fight between al Shabaab militants against African Union and Somali Government forces in Mogadishu June 26, 2012.

January 14, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Somalia: A New Prime Minister?

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, program coordinator, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies program.  Last month, with little fanfare, the Somali federal gove…

Somalia's new Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed delivers his speech at the Parliament Building in Mogadishu December 21, 2013.

July 12, 2013

Egypt
Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Narratives, Polarization, and Gas

Sarah Carr examines the implications of the divisive narratives that mark Egyptian discourse in the context of the June 30 uprising. Nour Youssef explores the polarization of Egyptian discourse thro…

Weekend Reading 07.12.2013

June 1, 2010

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism Havens: Somalia

This publication is now archived. A Condensed HistorySomalia was created in 1960 by the merger of British Somaliland Protectorate and the colony of Italian Somaliland. The United Republic of Somalia …