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October 5, 2018

Iraq
Iraq’s Two New Leaders Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Salih and Abdul-Mahdi are capable politicians in a nation that desperately needs that, at a time when progress seems possible.

Barham Salih, Iraq's new president, walks with new Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad.

September 15, 2015

Global
A Conversation With Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama delivers the John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture.

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December 27, 2018

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2018

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2018 who through…

President George H.W. Bush greets troops in Saudi Arabia during a 1990 Thanksgiving visit.

December 21, 2018

South Sudan
Despite Peace Deal, Too Dangerous for South Sudanese IDPs to Return Home

South Sudan is facing one of the largest displacement crises in the world. A recent peace agreement is stoking hopes for returns of displaced people to their homes. But with ongoing instability and a lack of sufficient planning, returns remain a dangerous prospect. 

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December 13, 2018

Europe
Europe in Disarray

History is far from over in Europe. To the contrary, it is back with a vengeance.

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December 5, 2018

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.

December 4, 2017

Southeast Asia
Reflecting on Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh

There was no way that Pope Francis’s trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week was going to be uneventful. The trip came in the midst of a massive spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State—…

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November 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Questions for Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar This Week

In an earlier post today, I noted that there remain many questions about the memorandum of understanding that Dhaka and Naypyidaw have supposedly negotiated, allowing at least some Rohingya to return…

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September 11, 2015

Global
Who Is Pope Francis?

Experts discuss the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policies of Pope Francis ahead of his upcoming visit to the United States.

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April 22, 2014

Vatican City
Pope Francis and the Vatican

Kurt Martens leads a conversation on Pope Francis's leadership of the Catholic Church one year after his papal inauguration, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.