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August 15, 2019

Political Movements
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt’s largest opposition movement and a standard-bearer for Islamist groups around the world, has been once again driven underground as Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has consolid…

Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest in Cairo.

December 30, 2013

Human Rights
Bahrain: Insulting the King Means Jail

During his brief period as Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi sought to suppress criticism by prosecuting citizens for the "crime" of "insulting the president." In fact he prosecuted more cases than al…

April 17, 2017

Thailand
Thailand’s New King Adds Even More Uncertainty to Thai Politics

Two weeks ago, David Streckfuss, a longtime analyst of Thai royal politics, wrote an incisive op-ed in the New York Times. It effectively summarized a growing current of analysis about how Thailand’s…

Thailand-Vajiralongkorn

January 5, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, a King, and the Rule of Law

The alarums and excursions over South Africa’s economy and economic policy do not stop. December saw the discreditable episode of President Jacob Zuma’s hiring and firing multiple ministers of financ…

King SA

July 16, 2019

North Korea
What to Know About Sanctions on North Korea

Kim Jong-un hopes a summit with President Trump will lead to sanctions relief, while experts disagree over whether increased pressure would push Pyongyang toward denuclearization.

A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea.

January 22, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Zimbabwe: The ‘Crocodile’ Who Would Be King

This is a guest post by Allen Grane, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Amid a public debate over the presidential succession, President Robert Mugabe na…

The 'Crocodile'

July 3, 2019

North Korea
No Time to Abandon Denuclearization

The United States should maintain a resolute policy aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.

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June 27, 2019

Egypt
Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore

The death of Mohamed Morsi is the latest milestone along the country’s slide into terminal irrelevance.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is seen behind bars during his trial at a court in Cairo May 8, 2014.

January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser).

June 14, 2019

Southeast Asia
What is Prayuth’s Agenda?

Earlier this month, the retired general who led a military coup in Thailand five years ago, Prayuth Chan-ocha, was formally confirmed as prime minister by King Vajiralongkorn, after parliament unsurp…

Prayuth Chan-ocha speakers to reporters after royal endorsement ceremony appointing him prime minister