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March 13, 2013

Iraq
The Iraq Invasion Ten Years Later: A Wrong War

The Bush administration’s decision to wage war on Iraq in 2003 still looms large for its flaws and its damage to U.S. interests, says CFR President Richard N. Haass.

September 14, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islamist Extremism After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring severely weakened the narrative of Islamist extremists but they are now stirring anti-U.S. sentiments in fragile new democracies, says Mideast expert Ali Soufan.

September 6, 2007

Wars and Conflict
Meese Says With Iraqis’ Help, Security Is Improving

Col. Michael J. Meese, a member of Gen. David Petraeus’ team assessing progress in Iraq in advance of the general’s report to Congress next week, says violence in Iraq is down due to cooperation betw…

December 9, 2011

Political Movements
Saudis’ New Mideast Challenges

With the upheavals in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia must grapple with a changing political landscape, including Salafis participating in elections, says F. Gregory Gause. At the same time, he says th…

August 25, 2011

Libya
Libya’s ’Precarious’ Transition Ahead

As rebels try to strengthen their hold on Tripoli, the odds of a peaceful, democratic transfer of power in Libya are long and the need for ongoing international intervention is very likely, says CFR’…

June 7, 2011

Yemen
Yemen’s Uncertain Political Future

As Yemen lurches into increased instability with no clear successor to President Saleh. Yemen expert Bernard Haykel says the best intermediate political solution would be a national unity council unt…

June 28, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Growing Shadows in an Unsettled Iraq

A rise in Iraq’s violence and sectarian tensions--and the highest U.S. monthly combat deaths since 2008--come amid mounting concerns over the government’s role and questions about the U.S. troop pres…

June 2, 2011

Political Movements
Yemen Tensions at the Tipping Point

Yemen could be edging toward civil war, particularly if the military gets involved in both sides of the conflict, says Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen, but the United States has limited ability to influ…

April 1, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Handling the Middle East’s ’Tectonic’ Shifts

The United States needs to ’differentiate’ among its interests to determine how and when to intervene in protests sweeping the region, and should engage assertively in the Israeli-Palestinian conflic…

March 23, 2011

Bahrain
Un-Unified Oppositions in Bahrain and Yemen

Opposition movements in Bahrain and Yemen are hobbled by societal and sectarian divisions that were finessed in Tunisia and Egypt, says Middle East expert Kristin Smith Diwan.