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June 22, 2018

Yemen
How the UAE Wields Power in Yemen

The Gulf nation’s ground troops have cultivated alliances in Yemen with local armed groups, but its ability to shape the civil war’s outcome is limited.

An Emirati soldier escorts Yemen's prime minister in the port city of Mukha.

February 14, 2006

Iraq
Matthew Sherman: Curtailing Militias Key to Formation of Iraqi Security Forces

Matthew Sherman, former deputy senior adviser and director of policy to Iraq ’s Ministry of Interior, discusses the influence of militias, U.S. counterinsurgency efforts, and Iraq ’s rise of organize…

March 29, 2017

United States
Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Joseph S. Nye, who coined…

February 22, 2011

Homeland Security
Extending Patriot Act Powers

Congress passed a short-term extension for three surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act to allow for more debate, which CFR’s Matthew Waxman says will likely focus on tightening restrictions and …

October 28, 2016

China
A Looming Power Struggle for China?

If President Xi Jinping hopes to extend his leadership beyond two terms, he must prevent the Communist Party from selecting a successor in the coming months.

October 2, 2017

Myanmar
How Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows

Despite Myanmar’s recent transition to civilian leadership, the military has retained significant power and is most to blame for the sectarian violence against the Rohingya.

A Myanmar soldier stands near a township in Rakhine State, September 27, 2017.

December 4, 2012

Egypt
Egypt’s Struggle for Power

In an interview with CFR.org, Middle East expert Marina Ottaway discusses the political dynamics behind the struggle for power in Egypt between Islamist and secular parties.

December 4, 2013

Ukraine
Power Plays in Ukraine

Continuing demonstrations in Ukraine after the failure of a "no confidence" vote in Parliament suggest fierce opposition to closer ties with Moscow, says CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich.

September 17, 2015

Vatican City
The Pope’s Soft-Power Push

Pope Francis will use his upcoming high-level visits to the U.S. and UN to press the concerns of the poor and marginalized, says expert Kenneth Himes.

February 13, 2015

Japan
Japan’s Hard Power Play

While the ISIS executions of two Japanese hostages have reinvigorated a public debate about the country’s postwar pacifism, recent moves by Tokyo to revise its counterterrorism policies should be vie…