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July 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

July 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years. 

July 20, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
Political Uncertainty in DRC Highlights Need for Sustained Outside Attention

Back in 2019, the international community acquiesced to undemocratic dealmaking that preempted the will of Congolese voters and brought current President Felix Tshisekedi to power. President Tshisekedi, who has been extremely clear about his intention to seek a second term, has been more ambiguous about whether elections slated for December 2023 will occur on time.

Current President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila sit on plush orange seats while wearing suits in apparent conversation.

July 14, 2021

United States
U.S. Gun Policy: Global Comparisons

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is on track to be the United States’ deadliest year for gun violence in two decades. How do other countries regulate firearms and respond to mass shootings?

A gun enthusiast looks at a rifle scope

July 10, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes speaks about Obama's upcoming visit to Cuba at the White House in Washington February 18, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a historic visit to Cuba next month, speeding up the thaw in relations between the two Cold War former foes but igniting opposition from Republicans at home.

June 23, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

June 17, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

May 26, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Your Fix for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Won’t Work

The dispute is complicated in ways that extend far beyond political and legal solutions.

A Palestinian demonstrator scuffles with an Israeli border policewoman during a protest marking "Land Day", in Sebastia near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 30, 2021.

May 18, 2021

Religion
Responding to the Rise of Global Migration

FASKIANOS: Thank you and welcome everybody. I'm Irina Faskianos, vice president of the National Program and Outreach at the Council on Foreign Relations. As a reminder, today's session is on the reco…

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May 13, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir carries an Israeli flag as he dances together with others by Damascus gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City June 15, 2021.