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May 1, 2017

President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for re-election. Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

October 14, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement Nuclear Agreement
John Kerry's Attack on the Iran Nuclear Decision

Former President Obama and former Vice President Biden have been among the many Democrats who have long complimented former President George W. Bush for his demeanor and conduct after leaving office…

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House. Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

December 11, 2017

Conflict Prevention
CFR Survey Ranks North Korea and Iran Among Most Likely and Consequential U.S. Conflicts in 2018

The Council on Foreign Relations' (CFR) tenth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified eight top conflict prevention priorities for the United States in the year ahead, highlighting armed confr…

September 18, 2017

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Is Iran the New North Korea? Not Even Close

Israel is alarmed about Iran's intentions — but that's nothing new. Flawed as it is, the nuclear deal is holding.

March 21, 2018

World Order
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Liberal World Order, R.I.P.

The liberal world order is under threat from its principal architect: the United States.

March 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi soldiers walk by oil tanker trucks delivered by Saudi authorities to support charities and NGOs in Marib, Yemen January 26, 2018. Picture taken January 26, 2018. Thirty Years of U.S. Arms Sales to Middle East Endogenous to Unstable Oil Prices, Research Shows

As the White House hosts Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today, policy makers need to be reminded that any new arms sales across the Middle East could become part of a repeating pernicious cyc…

March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…

January 4, 2018

Unrest in Iran

Anti-government protests have led to widespread unrest in Iran. CFR Senior Fellows Philip H. Gordon, Ray Takeyh, and Amy Myers Jaffe will discuss the significance of these protests and how the United…

March 13, 2018

Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.