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Jul 12, 2016

Islamic State
Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy.

May 25, 2017

Iran
Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh. A New Mideast Cold War Intensifies

The reelection of Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, as well as U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s strong affirmation of ties with Sunni Arab states, sets the stage for an intense new round of competition in the M…

May 2017

Iran
The Nuclear Deal Fallout: The Global Threat of Iran

Ray Takeyh testified before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, discussing the impact of the Joint Co…

May 24, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Internally Displaced Continue to Grow in 2016

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have issued a report indicating that there were 31 million persons world-wide newly internally displaced in …

May 18, 2017

Iran
a girl holds a poster of Rouhani Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

Jul 11, 2016

Iraq
BP07112016 Failing Iraq

The United Kingdom's Chilcot report, the final report of the British government's Iraq Inquiry, represents a thorough examination of the record from which hopefully the British (and American) governm…

May 16, 2017

China
President Xi Jinping unveils a plaque during a Confucius Institute event in London. China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power

This is the first part in a series on China's attempts to bolster its soft power and its prospects for success. In recent years, China has stepped up its soft power offensive in South Asia, Southe…