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June 28, 2018

Libya
Rushing Libya’s Elections Will Lead to Disaster

The following is a guest post by Alexander Decina, research associate for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. For more than two years, the UN-backed Government of National …

HNEC attack

October 2, 2012

United States
Aid to Egypt: What’s the Rush?

Texas Rep. Kay Granger has put a hold on $450 million in aid to Egypt, and this has caused consternation in the Obama administration. Granger is a member of the Committee on Appropriations and chair…

American Embassy in Cairo

January 16, 2020

Libya
What’s at Stake in Libya’s War?

The war between Libya’s rival governments is intensifying as more countries wade into the conflict, and analysts fear that a proxy war is brewing in the North African nation.

January 13, 2020

Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen’s Victory: A Few Initial Notes

Although Taiwan’s presidential election seemed, in the middle of last year, like it was going to be a close contest, this past weekend incumbent Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) vice presidential candidate William Lai attend the final campaign rally ahead of the elections in Taipei, Taiwan on January 10, 2020.

April 4, 2018

Iran
Why Iran Won't Rush to a Bomb if Trump Pulls Out of the Nuclear Deal

With John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser, the odds have significantly risen that President Trump will abandon his predecessor’s nuclear deal with Iran. But there’s no need for hyst…

Reuters

July 3, 2019

Iran
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and the Ever-Complex Geopolitics of Oil

In a sign that anxiety about oil security of supply isn’t what it used to be, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting broke up this week with no big joint statements regarding how to protect the freedom of…

Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh reacts towards journalists as he arrives for an OPEC and NON-OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 2, 2019.

May 15, 2019

United States
Will the Fed Help Trump Fight His Trade War?

In a tweet on May 14, President Trump called on the Fed to “match” interest-rate cuts he expects from China “in order to make up for the business they are . . . losing” from his tariffs. But the …

Will the Fed Help Trump Fight His Trade War?

July 27, 2005

Iraq
Brown: Iraqi Leaders in Too Much of a Rush to Finish Draft Constitution

Nathan Brown, a specialist on Arab constitutions who has closely followed Iraq’s constitution-drafting process, predicts that Iraqi politicians, rushing to meet an August 15 deadline, “will have a dr…

February 25, 2019

Iran
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley, President Donald Trump, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salute as a military honor guard carries the casket of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, past them during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019.

January 24, 2019

United States
Federal Cybersecurity Needs Its Own Shutdown

The government shutdown could be disastrous for federal network security. In order to mitigate the risk, federal IT employees should shut down as much federal IT infrastructure as possible.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in Washington