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April 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Amir’s TV Station

Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010. (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters) The president’s meeting today with the Amir of Qatar offers a timely opportunity to take sto…

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010.

November 5, 2019

Defense and Security
Why Would Arab Leaders Pursue Strategic Partnerships With Russia?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony in the United Arab Emirates, on October 15, 2019.

November 30, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Nabil Sha’ath and the Sad Story of Palestinian "Leadership"

Nabil Sha’ath has been a top Palestinian official for decades, serving as foreign minister, ambassador to the UN, planning minister, and in many other posts. He has been in the Fatah Party Central Co…

September 30, 2019

News Release
CFR Welcomes Visiting Fellows

September 30, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes the 2019–20 visiting fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Selected fellows have the opportunity to broaden their perspe…

September 18, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Absent a New National Strategy, the U.S. Risks Losing Its Edge to China in Technology and Innovation, Warns Task Force

September 18, 2019—“The United States has led the world in innovation, research, and technology development since World War II, but that leadership is now at risk,” warns a new Council on Foreign Rel…

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

May 18, 2010

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Logic of a Nuclear-Free Mideast

A nuclear-free zone in the Middle East would go a long way toward "nuclear symmetry," with uniform obligations and verification controls, says Egyptian arms control expert Nabil Fahmy.

June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

August 24, 2015

What Do Jerusalem Arabs Want?

It is conventional wisdom that all Palestinians seek, above all else, a Palestinian state. This is a reasonable conclusion to draw, although polls over the years have suggested that it may well be in…