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November 2, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Why the Middle East’s Strongmen Are Rooting for Trump

On substance and style, authoritarians see an ally in the White House—and hope to keep him there.

October 28, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump’s Middle East Legacy Is Failure

The president has had a handful of successes—but never anything approaching a strategy.

September 5, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

August 20, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Middle East Plays Hardball, and the Palestinians Always Lose

Last week’s deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the latest reminder that countries are always out for their own interests—and the weak suffer what they must.

April 9, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Russia is Losing the Oil War—and the Middle East

Moscow spent years building influence in the region—and lost it all playing hardball with Riyadh.

November 4, 2020

Ethiopia
Ethiopia: East Africa’s Emerging Giant

Ethiopia’s new leader, Abiy Ahmed, is seeking aggressive reforms to put an end to discord and build on the country’s progress in recent decades, but a towering set of challenges threatens his agenda.

Children play within the Balderas condominium in Addis Ababa.

October 6, 2020

News Release
Regime Change in the Middle East Is a False Promise, Writes Philip Gordon in New CFR Book

“The iron rule of regime change in the Middle East seems to be that its costs will be higher than expected, unintended consequences will emerge, and results will leave much to be desired.” So warns P…

November 3, 2020

Election 2020
Middle Eastern Leaders Are Getting While the Getting’s Good

Sensing Trump is on the way out, Israel, the UAE, and Turkey are trying to squeeze as much out of the United States as they can now.

September 15, 2020

Lebanon
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

December 18, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Post-American Middle East

The United States has dialed down both its presence and role in a region that it has dominated for nearly a half-century.

Post-American Middle East