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May 31, 2018

Iran
Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018. Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

May 18, 2018

Foreign Aid
Pepfar HIV testing PEPFAR’s Impact on Global Health Is Fading

During its fifteen years, PEPFAR has become one of the most important global health initiatives ever launched. However, its influence is fading, threatening the global fight against HIV/AIDS as the s…

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.

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra 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.

February 27, 2018

Indonesia
Students pray at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia. The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability.

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

August 13, 2014

Iraq
How Washington Can Bolster Iraq

The events in Iraq affect core U.S. interests, and Washington should be prepared to help both battle jihadist forces and press for political reforms over the long run, says CFR’s David Palkki.

August 22, 2017

Afghanistan
Carlos Barria/Reuters Trump’s Path to Indefinite Afghan War

President Trump’s much-anticipated Afghan policy rightly avoids troop withdrawal timelines but offers little prospect for progress against the durable Taliban.

June 30, 2017

Philippines
Philippine government troops take cover in Marawi City. Duterte Fumbles in Southern Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte’s chaotic strategy against Islamic State-linked groups in the Philippines might fail to defeat the most extreme militants while squandering the chance for peace.

June 11, 2010

Democratization
Iraq’s Slow, Steady Political Progress

Iraq’s new parliament convened Monday, but bargaining on a coalition government continues. The United States can facilitate, but not push, the outcome, says CFR’s Brett McGurk.