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May 8, 2018

Iran
United States to Leave the Iran Deal

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the significance of the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of …

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement.

May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017.

February 24, 2016

Iran
Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad A…

January 5, 2009

Palestinian Territories
Obama Should Consider Inviting Arab Nations to Help Solve Israeli-Palestinian Issues

Mohammad Yaghi, a veteran Palestinian political expert, says the current fighting in the Gaza Strip wasn’t necessary and proposes that the incoming Obama administration consider calling together Arab…

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra

June 26, 2019

Religion
U.S. Involvement in the Middle East

Steven A. Cook, Bernard A. Haykel, and Ariane M. Tabatabai discuss U.S.-Middle East policy, with Trudy S. Rubin moderating, as part of the 2019 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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December 15, 2017

United States
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

world events 2017

May 13, 2019

Authoritarianism
An Inside Look at Political Imprisonment

Panelists discuss the use of imprisonment and torture as political tools of authoritarian regimes, including their experiences with political imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria, and their …

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April 11, 2019

China
Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: China's Uighurs

Panelists discuss China’s treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region, reports of detention and torture, and the response of other countries, including the United States. The Arthur C. Helton Memo…

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April 11, 2019

Global
Global Outlook

As the opening session of the 2019 College and University Educators Workshop, Reuben E. Brigety II, Elizabeth C. Economy, and Suzanne Maloney discuss the global outlook for the year ahead, with James…

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