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February 15, 2000

International Relations of an Islamist Movement

Overview There is much written about the impact of Islamist forces on international politics. Comparatively little is known about how Islamist forces conceive of the international arena, understan…

April 17, 2006

Energy and Climate Policy
Thicker than Oil America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

In Thicker than Oil, the first full history of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, Council Senior Fellow Rachel Bronson reveals why the partnership became so intimate and how the countries’ shar…


August 24, 2011

United States
First Libya, Now Syria?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomes Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi at the opening of the two-day Arab Summit in Damascus on March 29, 2008 (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters). “As Libya Falls,…

First Libya, Now Syria?

October 24, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia’s Democratic Test Still Awaits

A vendor sits in his shop in Sidi Bou Sai, a popular tourist district, north of Tunisia on October 22, 2011 (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters). Tunisia’s first truly free elections also mark the first e…

Tunisia’s Democratic Test Still Awaits

May 27, 2011

Weekend Reading

Lebanese freshly baked bread emerges from an oven at a bakery in Beirut (Jamal Saidi/Courtesy Reuters) Marc Lynch’s piece on John McCain on Foreign Policy.com: Straight Talk on the Arab Spring …

Weekend Reading

May 24, 2012

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: Ireland’s Referendum, the UN’s Debate on Yemen, North Atlantic Hurricanes, and Memorial Day

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Ireland’s referendum on the EU’s fiscal treaty; the UN Security Council’s debate on Yemen; the beginning of hurricane season in the Nort…

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May 25, 2012

United States
You Might Have Missed: Yemen, Drone Wars, and More

2011 Human Rights Report: Yemen, U.S. Department of State, May 24, 2012. The government also employed air strikes against rebellious tribes in Nihm and Arhab. Human rights observers and local reside…

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December 29, 2005

Iraq and Oil: Revenue-Sharing Among Regions

This publication is now archived. IntroductionAs Iraq forms its first constitutionally mandated postwar government, one looming issue is how best to manage and share the country’s energy resources an…

February 13, 2006

A Preview of Iraq’s New Government

This publication is now archived. IntroductionIraqi leaders continue to hash out a four-year coalition government after the December 15 parliamentary elections. As the country’s three main ethnic gro…

April 22, 2006

The New Face of Iraq’s Government

Iraq’s Shiite leadership finally selects a candidate for prime minister to replace the embattled Ibrahim al-Jaafari. But experts are not impressed with the new candidate’s credentials.