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September 6, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe and the Zimbabwe He Left Behind

Robert Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe for 37 years, died on September 6. His was an undeniably epic life of glaring contradictions. He was a passionate voice for the liberation of the Zimbabwean people from the injustice and humiliation of white minority rule, but a brutal oppressor when those same people sought to exercise political freedom.

Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields outside Harare July 31, 2013

October 29, 2019

Islamic State
After Baghdadi: What Hurts the Islamic State May Help Al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda could benefit from the death of the Islamic State’s leader, potentially regaining its worldwide reach and influence.

November 1, 2019

Election 2020
Foreign Policy Roundup: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Israel, and Campaign Advisors

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy on the campaign trail.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the J Street National Conference in Washington, DC, on October 28.

January 31, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

April 11, 2019

Sudan
President Omar al-Bashir Is Out. What Is Next for Sudan?

The people of Sudan have earned the world’s admiration and respect. Their bravery, persistence, unity, and discipline have achieved what for so many years had seemed impossible - the end of Omar al-B…

 Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the announcement that President Omar al-Bashir had been detained and a military council would run the country for a two-year transitional period, Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019.

December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

September 19, 2018

United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations Braces for Donald Trump's Second Appearance—And He Should Prepare for Blowback

Next week Donald J. Trump returns to the United Nations for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. While Trump exceeded expectations during his first UN appearance last year, he will face mor…

President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.

September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
A Conversation With Minister Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia

For further reading, please see the CFR In Brief “Trump’s Iran-Saudi Arabia Dilemma” by Philip H. Gordon, the CFR blog post “Scale and Nature of Attacks on Saudi Oil Makes This One Different” by Amy …

Play Adel al-Jubeir

November 21, 2013

Iran
Friedman: There He Goes Again

Here’s an interesting quote: Never have I seen Israel and America’s core Arab allies working more in concert to stymie a major foreign policy initiative of a sitting U.S. president, and never have I…