January 7, 2016
The fallout that has followed Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia protest leader is likely to tamp down dissent at home while provoking regional conflicts, says expert Toby Matthiesen.
November 14, 2015
The Islamic State’s attack on Paris demonstrate that both Europe and the United States need to commit to winning the ideological war against extremism with renewed vigor, says CFR’s Farah Pandith.
June 27, 2013
The Taliban believes it will have the upper hand in potential negotiations with the Afghan government and its partner in Washington, but it remains unclear what the insurgent group’s goals are in any…
November 14, 2012
CFR’s Ed Husain discusses the significance of a newly formed coalition of Syrian opposition groups and whether a real political settlement can be achieved anytime soon.
September 19, 2012
The UN General Assembly will likely address two "lightning rod" issues: ending the bloodshed in Syria and curbing Iran’s nuclear development, says CFR’s Stewart Patrick.
August 14, 2012
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s meeting in Mecca will likely focus on Syria, but raises questions on the efficacy of its role in tackling major issues affecting Muslims, says CFR’s Ed Husai…
March 8, 2012
Reports that Pakistan-based militant groups may be moving to unite could help clarify U.S. talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. But CFR’s Daniel Markey calls it a tricky game, complicated by unclea…
March 29, 2011
Syria’s unrest isn’t widespread enough to lead to a government ouster, with the Assad regime enjoying solid support from the country’s Alawite leadership and Sunni majority, says expert Joshua Landis.
March 23, 2011
Opposition movements in Bahrain and Yemen are hobbled by societal and sectarian divisions that were finessed in Tunisia and Egypt, says Middle East expert Kristin Smith Diwan.
March 10, 2011
With his new executive order on Guantanamo, President Obama acknowledges that the controversial detention center will remain open for some time, says CFR’s Matthew Waxman, but provides improved prote…