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April 16, 2019

Egypt
Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi

 It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a signing ceremony following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 17, 2018.

November 7, 2013

India
Flying Objects, Different Zeitgeists

Since November began, I’ve been struck by the great gulf in the zeitgeist between India and Pakistan. I don’t mean the gulf in how each perceives the other, though, or any preoccupation of Indo-Pakis…

India launches a satellite carrying the Mars orbiter on November 5, 2013.

May 10, 2013

Syria
Weekend Reading: Can A No-Fly Zone Over Syria Fly?

Steven A. Cook probes the arguments against a No-Fly Zone over Syria. Gary Schmitt says it is doubtful that the Pentagon really believes that Syria’s air defenses are a significant hurdle to interve…

NFZSyria

January 9, 2019

North Korea
What Does Kim Jong-un Want From China?

Kim’s meetings with Xi are an effort to drive up the price in negotiations with the United States beyond what North Korea would be able to demand on its own.

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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

October 31, 2011

United States
Syria No-Fly Zone: Realistic Objectives

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria's President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters). Last week, Syrian opposition activists agreed on the theme of their customar…

A Syrian shouts slogans during protest against government of Syria’s President Assad (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters).

October 11, 2011

United States
Syria: No Fly Zone or Not

Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters). In mid-August, talk show host Stephen Colbert …

 Syrian National Council spokeswoman Basma Qadmani gives her address during a meeting in Istanbul on October 2, 2011 (Stringer Turkey/Courtesy Reuters).

November 9, 2018

China
Selling U.S. China Policy

Vice President Mike Pence’s October 4 speech on China, which many commentators have referred to as the administration’s defining China moment, was a leaden litany of Chinese vices and a hyped-up asse…

US-China meeting

November 1, 2018

Brazil
Latin America’s Coming Family Feud

Fiery new populist presidents in Brazil and Mexico could turn an old rivalry toxic.

 Flag bearers carry the Mexican and Brazilian flags out onto the pitch prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Brazil and Mexico at Castelao on June 17, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

July 17, 2003

United States
Testimony of Jamie Metzl Before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security

STATEMENT OF JAMIE F. METZL SENIOR FELLOW AND COORDINATOR FOR HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS PROJECT DIRECTOR, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONSINDEPENDENT TASK FORCE …