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May 5, 2015

Syria
Guest Post: The Islamic State’s Water War

Allyson Beach is an intern for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. As a requisite resource, water and its infrastructure are decisive targets in the self-declared Islamic Sta…

Mosul Dam Edited

March 9, 2015

Zimbabwe
Guest Post: Looming Succession Crisis in Zimbabwe

Helia Ighani is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Last week, the United States extended sanctions on Zimbabwe’s “president for life”—Rober…

Mugabe_RTR4RJUR_Philimon Bulawayo_edited

September 15, 2010

Military Operations
Discrete U.S. Military Operations Have Been Ineffective, Argues CFR’s Micah Zenko in New Book

Limited military force—using enough force to resolve a problem while minimizing U.S. military deaths, local civilian casualties, and collateral damage—has increased since the end of the Cold War desp…

October 8, 2014

International Organizations
Guest Post: The U.S. Role in Recruiting and Retaining Female Peacekeepers

Amelia M. Wolf is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action and the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. During the frenzy of …

Female PKs

September 10, 2014

Political Transitions
Guest Post: Tiptoeing Around Iran in Iraq

Helia Ighani is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Iraq appears to be coming apart at the seams. The Sunni terrorist organization, the Isla…

Peshmerga Forces

September 3, 2019

United States
Geopolitics in a Liberalizing LNG Market: A Primer

This is a guest post by Brian Myers, a graduate student at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. While the U.S.-China trade war has cast a pall over the previous rosy outlook for g…

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker is tugged towards a thermal power station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo, Japan, ON November 13, 2017.

March 6, 2014

United States
Guest Post: Conflict Prevention Challenges in 2014

Anna Feuer and Helia Ighani are research associates in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The Syrian civil war highlights some of the most challenging features of …

Free Syrian Army Fighter

February 28, 2013

United States
Guest Post: Pakistan’s Elections and Drone Strikes

On Tuesday, my colleague Dan Markey published a new CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum (PIM), “Support Process Over Personalities in Pakistan.” In it, he argues that the United States should avoid play…

Pakistan rally

November 16, 2012

United States
Guest Post: Family Planning Is a Right, Not a Privilege

Emma Welch is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action and the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Given the news dominating…

Afghan mother

August 1, 2012

United States
Guest Post: Congressional Holdup on Human Trafficking

Emma Welch is a research associate in the Center for Preventive Action and the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. In less than a week, Cong…

Capitol dome