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September 17, 2021

Europe
The Atlantic Alliance After Afghanistan

The transatlantic alliance is enjoying a period of restoration following the damage done by former U.S. President Donald Trump. But as the West’s messy exit from Afghanistan has made clear, the Unite…

President Macron leans over and points at President Biden at the NATO Summit in Brussels

September 10, 2021

9/11
The World 9/11 Made

Evaluating the legacy of September 11, 2001.

A flower placed over names at the September 11th Memorial on September 9, 2021 in New York City

September 1, 2021

United States
The U.S., Muslims, and a Turbulent Post-9/11 World

The 9/11 attacks created upheaval for Muslims worldwide. Successive U.S. administrations have attempted to debunk al-Qaeda’s anti-West narrative and improve relations with Muslims, but challenges con…

Men and women at New York's Muslim Day parade stand in front of flags of the U.S. and some Muslim-majority countries

August 30, 2021

Afghanistan
Exiting Afghanistan Will Improve America’s Global Standing in the Long Run

Allies in Europe and the Asia-Pacific will be the beneficiaries of an overdue strategic realignment.

President Joe Biden salutes members of the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.

August 25, 2021

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Support for the Taliban: What to Know

Pakistan’s government and military generally favored a Taliban victory in Afghanistan. But maintaining support for the Taliban is risky.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stands next to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

August 16, 2021

Afghanistan War
Biden Was Right

The rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates US President Joe Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts would ever have enabled the government to stand o…

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery in April 2021 to honor fallen veterans of the Afghan conflict.

August 11, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

August 3, 2021

Nigeria
What’s Behind Growing Separatism in Nigeria?

The resurgence of separatism in Nigeria—a consequence of the federal government’s failure to provide security in the face of multiple threats—is stirring memories of the country’s deadly civil war.

A Nigerian soldier rides in a truck with a whistle in his mouth during a military patrol in a pro-Biafra zone in the southeastern city of Aba.

July 27, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Miscalculating Tunisia

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long. 

Amid fellow protesters, a Tunisian girl holds a sign reading "game over." Two soldiers stand facing the crowd.

July 26, 2021

Globalization
Globalization Strikes Back

The ongoing pandemic and global climate-related disasters demonstrate the inadequacy of efforts to address the problematic aspects of globalization.

People take part in a Fridays for Future protest in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2021