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September 21, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey.

Israel and the UAE both see Iran as a mutual enemy, but their decision to normalize relations also helps them form a united front against Turkey’s growing regional influence.

A child sits on a man's shoulders and holds the Turkish and Palestinian flags.

September 9, 2020

Europe and Eurasia
What’s Next in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Mounting tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean could depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Oruc Reis, a seismic research ship painted red and white to resemble the Turkish flag, is pictured in the Eastern Mediterranean.

August 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Lebanon’s Frustrating Day of Judgment

Fifteen years after the killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri roiled Lebanese society, the international tribunal’s ruling has left wide open the question of who at high levels was responsibl…

Seven judges sit in rows of three and four at attend a session of the UN-backed  Special Tribunal for Lebanon

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

June 1, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
COVID-19 and Climate Change Will Change the Definition of National Security

The scope of national security is expanding beyond violent threats to encompass a broader array of dangers.

U.S. military personnel wearing face masks arrive at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

April 22, 2020

Coronavirus
How Can Low-Income Countries Cope With Coronavirus Debt?

The coronavirus pandemic has forced countries around the world to take steps to weather the economic shock, often including borrowing. Multilateral institutions, the United States, and China all shou…

A vendor wears a mask at her food stall at the Avo Kumbi square in Luanda, Angola, on April 2, 2020

February 25, 2020

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and domestic calls for reform? A look at the government’s organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Close up of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei giving an address

February 11, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Trump’s Middle East Mirage

The Trump administration’s proposal is a recipe for a Palestinian state in principle but not in practice.

Trump-Bibi Peace Plan

February 5, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.

Code Pink demonstrators surround former United States Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger (L) and George Shultz (R) before the beginning of the Senate Armed Services Committee on global challenges and U.S. national security strategy on Capitol Hill in Washington January 29, 2015.

February 3, 2020

Coronavirus
Weak and Undemocratic Governance is Dangerous for Your Health

The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, continues to spread around the globe. New cases are being discovered every day. This past week, the first domestically transmitted cases were reporte…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wearing a protective mask is seen during a visit at the arrival hall at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand, on January 29, 2020.