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April 7, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Coronavirus in the Middle East, With Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars, sits down w…

Podcast Girls wearing face masks and one of them holds a candle as they wait for the blessing of a priest roaming neighbourhoods to celebrate Palm Sunday, amid the lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Marjayoun, southern Lebanon.

July 1, 2020

Russia
Will Russia’s Constitutional Changes Allow Putin to Hold on to Power?

Russians have voted on a sweeping package of more than two hundred constitutional amendments, the most important of which exempts President Vladimir Putin from term limits and potentially allows him …

July 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
What Is the Ebola Virus?

Endemic to the African tropics, the Ebola virus has killed thousands in recent years, putting the World Health Organization and major donor countries in the limelight as they’ve grappled with how to …

A health-care worker stands next to a cross during the funeral of a person suspected of dying of Ebola in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo.

March 25, 2020

Egypt
Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.

A worker in a hazmat suit sprays disinfectant in Turkey's Grand Bazaar. Turkish flags hang across the image foreground.

May 12, 2020

World Order
New Book by CFR President Richard Haass a Primer to Help Readers Better Understand Today's Interconnected World

“This is a critical time to understand what is taking place in the world, why it is taking place, and how it will affect our lives,” writes Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relat…

March 13, 2020

Syria
Syria Is Turkey’s Problem, Not America’s

The war in Idlib is a growing humanitarian crisis, a potential disaster for Ankara—and a problem that doesn’t bear on Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019.

March 11, 2020

United Arab Emirates
The Middle East Thinks America Is Going Crazy

Arab countries are looking for partners who aren’t bogged down by chaos ranging from impeachment to Iowa.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Irqah Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 20, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Egypt
The Whole World Got Hosni Mubarak Wrong

The eulogies for Egypt’s fourth president focused on his downfall, but history will remember his overlooked accomplishments while in office.

Supporters of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hold his photos near the main gate of a cemetery during his burial ceremony, east of Cairo, Egypt February 26, 2020.

March 11, 2020

Iran
The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment

The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.

Missiles are displayed by Iran's army during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran September 22, 2019.

May 8, 2020

Nigeria
Good Leadership at the Top Belies Facts on the Ground in Nigeria

Leadership of the moment in Nigeria cannot overcome the generations of poor leadership and corruption that have left underdeveloped public health services, social safety net, and trust in government, at a time when it faces low oil prices and COVID-19.

Young boys, who attend Nigeria's Islamic schools, known as almajiris, stand in crowds in Tudunwada, as authorities struggle to contain coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Maiduguri, Nigeria April 24, 2020.