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May 11, 2006

Syria
Lebanese Political Leaders “Unable” to Reform or Take Country Forward

Karim Makdisi of the American University of Beirut says Lebanon’s leaders are a closed elite trying to hold onto power for themselves and are powerless to reform the country’s political situation.

June 21, 2019

Election 2020
Issue Guide: The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic field could touch on a number of foreign policy issues, from climate change to Iran, during its first prime-time sparring session.

Veteran holds U.S. flag as Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on campaign trail.

May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

March 4, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 23–March 1

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between February 23 to March 1, 2019.

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January 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
Report Watch Vol. V: Tracking Digital and Cyber Scholarship So You Don’t Have To

In this edition: Iran's cyber threat, integrating AI into foreign policy, and the benefits of multistakeholder governance.

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January 7, 2009

Iran
Iran Supports Hamas, but Hamas Is No Iranian ’Puppet’

Karim Sadjadpour, a leading scholar on Iran, says even though Iran is a major funder for Hamas, it does not seem to have direct control over the Palestinian group.

March 27, 2013

Iran
Iran’s New Year Challenges

At the start of the Persian New Year, leaders in Iran are faced with a host of difficult political challenges, both foreign and domestic, says expert Karim Sadjadpour.

February 6, 2019

Iran
Iran’s Imperial Foreign Policy

Panelists analyze Iran's foreign policy strategy, including their regional ambitions and interventions in Syria and Yemen, and offer recommendations on ways the United States should proceed after wit…

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August 30, 2011

Syria
Syria and Iran’s Power Calculus

A new regime in Damascus could threaten Iran’s support of Hezbollah and deprive Tehran of its one ally in the region, so it’s counseling the Assad government to hang tough, says Iran expert Karim Sad…

June 20, 2017

Peacekeeping
UN Peacekeeping: Where Are All the Women?

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week Antonio Guterres w…

Female Philippine peacekeeping force