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March 15, 2021

Cybersecurity
The Iran-Russia Cyber Agreement and U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

The new cooperation agreement between Russia and Iran on cybersecurity and information technology is likely to create new hurdles for the United States and its allies in the Middle East.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

March 30, 2021

Conflict Prevention
Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

In a new paper, Steven A. Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at CFR, discusses how great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts i…

The skyline of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is seen from the desert.

November 3, 2022

East Africa
Outrage Over Abuse of African Migrants

Citizen backlash to stories of labor exploitation may complicate Gulf states’ foreign policy agenda in East Africa.

Dr. Alfred Mutua, Kenya's new Minister of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, gives a speech in a blue suit, in front of a red background and a Kenyan flag.

October 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Why Has East Timor Built the Strongest Democracy in Southeast Asia?

Despite economic struggles, East Timor has built a vibrant democracy in Southeast Asia.

Supporters of the FRETILIN political party fly red, yellow, and black flags ahead of parliamentary elections in Tasi Tolu, Dili, in East Timor.

November 21, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: November 12-18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from November 12 to November 18, 2022. 

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink. Regions of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have experienced Boko Haram-related violence are also shaded.

May 19, 2021

Nigeria
Nigerian Government Threatens to Use the Hammer in the South East

Following President Muhammadu Buhari's May 11 meeting with the military service chiefs and the inspector general of police, Nigerian military sources confirmed that some troops were being moved from Borno State, where they have been engaged with Boko Haram and other jihadis, to the South East, to counter "bandits" and the regional separatist organization, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), along with its security force, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

A wall is seen with a flag of the former breakaway Republic of Biafra; the flag is made up of three horizontal colored bars. From top: red, black, and green.

August 15, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Transatlantic Aims Overlap in the Middle East

Although deep disconnects plague current transatlantic cooperation in the Middle East, the United States and Europe still share a common interest in stabilizing this volatile region.

U.S. Secretary of Defense and NATO Secretary General at a NATO meeting

April 27, 2018

Syria
Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

September 4, 2019

Southeast Asia
Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia: A Review

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening instit…

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the twentieth anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China on June 30, 2017.

October 24, 2016

Egypt
Thinking About Culture and the Middle East

Can observers incorporate culture into their analyses of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy toward the region?

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