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September 20, 2018

China
The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 13, 2018. Almost two decades ago, I went to dinner at a restaurant called Peking in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo to celebrat…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, December 14, 2015

October 16, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Jordan and Palestine

The relationship between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the West Bank, which it ruled from 1948 to 1967, remains in question despite the late King Hussein’s renunciation of all claims to the Wes…

King Hussein and former crown prince Hassan

July 27, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Global Conflict This Week: Pro-Government Forces Advance in Southwest Syria

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Explosion in Syria, from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

July 16, 2018

Syria
Sixteen and Married: Why Identity Matters for Syrian Girls

Ensuring that displaced women and girls have official identification is a critical step toward reducing rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees.

Syrian refugee Omayma al Hushan (R), 14, who launched an initiative against child marriage among Syrian refugees, plays with her friend outside their residence in Al Zaatari refugee camp.

March 21, 2013

Jordan
Jordan Second

Lost in all the commentary in President Obama’s visit to Israel is the fact that he will also visit Jordan.  The country is often derisively referred to as the “Hashemite Kingdom of Boredom,” but it …

JordanSecond

July 12, 2018

Israel
The Sad Fate of the Socialist International

Once upon a time, the Socialist International was an extraordinary organization. Founded in 1951 as a successor to various prior socialist groups, it was staunchly democratic and anti-Communist, and …

July 11, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Horizon Scanning: A Conversation with CFR’s National Intelligence Fellow

CPA interviews CFR's Michael P. Dempsey about the conflicts he is most concerned about, the state of the U.S. counterterrorism campaign, and the most important things policymakers should consider bef…

Soldiers walk past damaged buildings in Damascus

June 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.

June 25, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Women Ministers in MENA

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering June 16 to June 23, was compiled with sup…

Egypt's Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali talks during an interview with Reuters at her office in Cairo.