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April 30, 2021

Politics and Government
Biden’s First Hundred Days

The basic themes of Biden's presidency have emerged. While many represent a sharp departure, there is considerable continuity when it comes to foreign policy.

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on April 28, 2021

April 22, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
End the ‘Forever War’ Cliché

The war in Afghanistan needed to wind down. But Washington is learning the wrong lesson.

April 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Nobody Knows Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a lectern

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.

March 1, 2021

Iran
Iran’s Regional Armed Network

Iran’s web of armed partners such as Hezbollah serves to strengthen its influence in the Middle East and could pose a significant threat to the United States and its allies in the region.

Hezbollah supporters hold signs that say "we vow revenge" and wave the Hezbollah and Lebanese flags.

March 1, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
A Realist Reset for US-Saudi Relations

U.S. interests argue for maintaining ties to Saudi Arabia despite clear evidence that the Crown Prince approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman attends a working breafast with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Foreign-Policy Values Aren’t ‘Normal’

The new president wants his strategy to seem reassuring. It’s anything but.

February 8, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Whither US Foreign Policy?

Biden’s emerging foreign policy signals a return to the post–World War II tradition. But it will be a long time before the U.S. can lead by the power of its example.

President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen

February 1, 2021

Democracy
After the Capitol Riot, Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

Now more than ever, democracy’s champions need to hang together. The Biden administration should approach its proposed Summit for Democracy in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

National Guard members stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2021.