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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.

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.

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.

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.

April 29, 2021

China
Virtual Roundtable: Major Power Rivalry in East Asia

The risks of conflict between the United States and China are real and growing. This situation has left the U.S.-China relationship in a precarious place that will require delicate diplomacy in order…

Play A copy of the Global Times newspaper featuring an image of U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on its front page is seen at a news stand in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.

March 11, 2021

South Korea
Will the New U.S.-South Korea Deal Boost East Asian Security?

With fresh agreement on sharing costs for the nearly thirty thousand U.S. troops in South Korea, the Biden administration can now focus on bolstering the alliance and addressing challenges posed by C…

April 6, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Virtual Roundtable: Managing Global Disorder: Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

Even as the United States debates its role in the Middle East, it still retains significant power and influence in the region. With intensifying great power competition, however, regional dynamics an…

Play Iraqi Air Force helicopters land at Ain al-Asad airbase

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.

April 7, 2021

China
Major Power Rivalry in East Asia

In an era of intensifying U.S.-China friction and volatility, the risks of conflict are real and growing in East Asia, and U.S. policymakers should revitalize existing tools and build new ones to manage an increasingly militarized competition.

The Pudong district is reflected in the waterfront in Shanghai, China.

March 25, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Major Power Rivalry in the Middle East

Great power competition is altering the prospects for managing conflicts in the Middle East. As policymakers rethink the United States’ role in the region, they should avoid the kind of strategic err…

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