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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

December 4, 2002

Saudi Arabia
Saudis in ‘Dramatic Debate’ Over U.S. Relations, Says Council’s Middle East Studies Fellow Youssef Ibrahim

Youssef Ibrahim, a Council senior fellow in Middle East Studies, argues that since 9/11, Saudi Arabia is undergoing a “dramatic debate” about its relationship with America—the m…

June 5, 2003

Middle East and North Africa
Bush and the Middle East

During President Bush’s two-day summit in the Middle East, both the president and Arab leaders strongly condemmed acts of terrorism. The Arab leaders of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia along …

August 15, 2018

Libya
Can Libya’s Divisions Be Healed?

The Islamic State has been nearly defeated and migrant crossings to Europe have declined, so why is Libya’s state failure so troubling?

Libya

September 16, 2008

Global
Greenberg: Global Implications if AIG Fails

Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chairman and CEO of the embattled insurance giant AIG, discusses what will be needed to stabilize the firm’s operations.

March 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Ukraine’s Crisis and the Middle East

A decisive U.S. response to Russian provocation in Ukraine could create new opportunities for the United States to make headway on a number of fronts in the Middle East, says expert Dennis Ross.

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.

November 30, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Challenges in a Changed Middle East

Middle East expert Robert Malley discusses how the United States is crafting policy for a Middle East it may no longer be accustomed to.

December 6, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Political Islam in the Middle East

Political power has been a divisive experience for Islamist parties, but it may also greatly expand opportunities in the region, says CFR’s Reza Aslan.

July 27, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Priorities in a Changing Middle East

A potential civil war in Syria, a broken state in Libya, and Egypt’s transition of power loom as chief Mideast challenges for Washington. CFR’s Robert Danin reviews the path for U.S. planners.