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February 18, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Whatever Happened to “Human Rights?”

Lawyers hold a protest march to commemorate Human Rights Day in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 9, 2010. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) One of the more bizarre aspects of the Obama Administration’s…

Lawyers hold a protest march to commemorate Human Rights Day in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 9, 2010.

April 7, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE on Camera: Michelle Bachelet on Empowering Women

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abPCVo-pYNE CFR.org has just posted a video interview I had the pleasure of doing yesterday with Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director Gene…

August 17, 2011

Nigeria
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

A U.S. Navy boat patrols the waters of Nigeria's Lagos harbour, March 24, 2009. (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters) Such has been the increase in piracy that London-based insurers Lloyd’s Mark…

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

June 17, 2014

Iraq
A Requiem for Iraq

Istanbul--The United States should help Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria given the threats the group poses to American allies and interests, but…

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March 27, 2015

Military Operations
You Might Have Missed: Yemen, Islamic State, and MDGs

Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski and Lt. Gen. James M. Holmes, “Presentation to the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, House of Representatives,” U.S. Departmen…

Yemen Rebels

April 3, 2015

United States
Yemen: The Worst Reason for War

The excellent New York Times journalists David K. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim have an article tacking stock of the nine-day old Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi and Houthi-affiliated fighting f…

Yemen Airstrikes

May 8, 2015

Yemen
Nine Months of Coalition Air Strikes Against the Islamic State

Today marks the nine month anniversary since the start of the U.S.-led air campaign, later named Operation Inherent Resolve, against the self-declared Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. The air wa…

Jordan Jet to ISIS

September 25, 2015

United States
Obama’s War of Choice: Supporting the Saudi-led Air War in Yemen

Six months ago today, the White House announced U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen via press release: “President Obama has authorized the provision of logistical and intell…

Saudi Strike in Yemen

January 15, 2016

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Cyber Week in Review: January 15, 2016

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: 1. It’s confirmed! There was a cyberattack on Ukraine’s power grid. Security researchers have co…

Cyber Net Politics Ukraine CFR

March 9, 2016

Iran
Dangerous Illusions About Iran

Last year’s Iran nuclear agreement was sold with several powerful arguments, and among the most important were these: that the agreement would strengthen Iranian "moderates" and thus Iran’s external …