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April 3, 2019

Somalia
The Controversy Over U.S. Strikes in Somalia

The United States has been helping Somalia fight al-Shabab militants for more than a decade, but rights groups say increasing drone strikes are putting civilians at risk.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

April 3, 2019

Taiwan
U.S. Military Support for Taiwan: What’s Changed Under Trump?

The Trump administration has made bold gestures in support of Taiwan, including more frequent movement of U.S. ships in the Taiwan Strait. They come at a time of growing anxiety about the U.S.-China …

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen waves on the deck of a warship purchased from the United States.

March 27, 2019

Italy
China’s Belt and Road Gets a Win in Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature project, the Belt and Road Initiative, got a boost when Italy became the first major European country to join. What was behind Italy’s decision and what might it mean for allies in the United States and the EU?

Christian Minelli/Getty Images

February 11, 2019

Iran
Will Khomeini’s Anti-American Vision Endure?

Since the shah’s ouster in February 1979, Iran’s Islamic regime has been propelled by Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary vision and underpinned by its animus toward the United States.

Iranians mark the fortieth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

January 11, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Burden Sharing

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

December 21, 2018

Syria
Syria’s Changing Power Grid: What Turkey Wants

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria removes the main obstacle to a Turkish campaign to eradicate Syrian Kurdish forces and could lead to a more dangerous phase of Syria’s civil war.

Kurdish soldier

November 26, 2018

Nicaragua
Nicaragua in Crisis: What to Know

Political and economic unrest in Nicaragua could stoke the flames in a region where insecurity has forced tens of thousands to flee in recent years.

Jorge Cabrera/Reuters

October 12, 2018

Climate Change
UN Climate Report Highlights Extreme Risk to Many Regions

A recent study by noted climate scientists is particularly bad news for the planet’s most vulnerable regions, including the Arctic and small Pacific islands. 

Climate Change Flooding India

September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Facebook, Twitter, and the Challenge From Washington

Can the country’s major digital platforms fight disinformation campaigns while facing the Trump administration’s charges of political bias?

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

September 16, 2019

Iran
Is Iran Escalating Gulf Energy Attacks?

The attacks on the sprawling Saudi oil facility bear all the hallmarks of an Iranian operation, marking a dangerous new phase in Gulf tensions.