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November 26, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble

Surrounded by rivals amid a collapsing economy, the Turkish president is facing the longest odds of his life. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a lectern. There are Turkish and AKP flags behind him.

November 15, 2021

Human Rights
Democracy Promotion and the Monarchies

Should the United States be promoting democracy and human rights in friendly monarchies? Yes — human rights improvements, not regime change, should be the goal, working especially in areas where prog…

October 21, 2021

United States
Colin Powell's American Life

Alone among US President George W. Bush’s senior advisers, Colin Powell did not push for the costly, ill-advised Iraq War, and it would be misreading history to hold him responsible for it. He remain…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell speaks at the presentation of the Above and Beyond Citizen Awards March 25, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia

October 18, 2021

United States
Colin Powell: An American Life

Colin Powell’s extraordinary career as a soldier-statesman provides a model for how to live one’s life in the public arena at a time few such models can be found.

Secretary of State Colin Powell listens as President Bush speaks on trade promotion authority at the Department of State.

October 5, 2021

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guantanamo Bay: Twenty Years of Counterterrorism and Controversy

The U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has generated intense debate for two decades, with enduring questions about national security, human rights, and justice.

A collage of surveillance photographs shows Guantanamo detainees.

October 4, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

U.S. President George W. Bush (L) meets with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak (R) in Sharm El Sheikh May 17, 2008.

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City

September 1, 2021

United States
The U.S., Muslims, and a Turbulent Post-9/11 World

The 9/11 attacks created upheaval for Muslims worldwide. Successive U.S. administrations have attempted to debunk al-Qaeda’s anti-West narrative and improve relations with Muslims, but challenges con…

Men and women at New York's Muslim Day parade stand in front of flags of the U.S. and some Muslim-majority countries

September 20, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Netanyahu Is Gone. Netanyahu-ism Still Reigns.

When it comes to policies Washington cares about, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor are practically the same.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett looks at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to an Israeli army base in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, November 24, 2019.

May 18, 2021

International Law
Renewing justice for atrocities

President Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide, inflicted over a century ago with an estimated 1.5 million deaths, acknowledges historical facts and rejects Turkey’s long campaign of denialis…