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October 23, 2017

Iraq
Kirkuk Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

October 17, 2017

Kurds
Reuters Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.

January 17, 2018

Human Rights
modern slavery infoguide More Than 40 Million People Enslaved Worldwide, Shows New CFR InfoGuide

January 17, 2018—Slavery is universally prohibited by national and international laws, but more than 40 million people continue to be enslaved worldwide. Fueled by a population boom and extreme pover…

January 10, 2018

Human Rights
U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2018. To Strengthen Trump’s National Security Approach, Promote Human Rights

In a series of tweets on New Year’s Eve, President Donald J. Trump expressed strong support for Iranians protesting against their autocratic regime. He added that the United States would be “watching…

January 10, 2018

Immigration and Migration
A U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch along the fence next to the U.S.-Mexican border in Calexico, California, February 2017. The U.S. Immigration Debate

Comprehensive immigration reform has eluded Congress for years, moving controversial policy decisions into the executive and judicial branches of government.

January 9, 2018

Vietnam War
In New Book, Max Boot Argues One CIA Operative Could Have Changed the Course of the Vietnam War

January 9, 2018—The Vietnam War “might have taken a very different course—one that was less costly and potentially more successful—if the counsel of this CIA operative and Air Force officer had been …

January 4, 2018

Iran
A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. Oil and the Iran Protests

It doesn’t take much these days to remind oil traders that Middle East geopolitical risk can raise oil prices. Unrest in Iranian cities is the latest case in point. News and video records of major pr…

January 2, 2018

Iran
Getty Images The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.

December 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Women's March DC Women Around the World: Year in Review

Welcome to a special edition of "Women Around the World: This Week," a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week's post, which highlights 2017's most …

December 28, 2017

United States
Kohl 1989 Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…