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October 24, 2013

The World Next Week: Georgia Votes for President, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Reports on Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki Visits Washington, and the World Series Returns

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the Georgian presidential elections, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report on Syrian chemical weapons, …

A man passes campaign posters in Tbilisi, Georgia (David Mdzinarishvili/Courtesy Reuters).

October 26, 2016

Islamic State
The Meaning of Mosul

Iraq’s campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State and restore the Iraqi government’s authority requires coordination among numerous armed groups with competing interests.

July 12, 2016

Islamic State
Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Even as Iraqi special forces and Shia militias roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Baghdad has done little to address the underlying causes of Sunni militancy.

August 10, 2016

Islamic State
The Islamic State

With Iraq weakened and a civil war raging in Syria, it’s unclear whether local forces and a U.S.-led international coalition can roll back the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Islamic State militants parade in Tel Abyad, near Syria's border with Turkey.

August 19, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Is President Sisi a Bulwark Against Terrorism?

There are very few people nowadays ignoring the growing repression in Egypt. Most recently, a new "counter-terrorism" law was imposed this week--but it snuffs out free speech more than terror. Even t…

June 26, 2015

Americas
This Week in Markets and Democracy: African Progress, EU Transparency, Term Limits, Foreign Aid, and War Crimes

This post is part of the series, “This Week in Markets and Democracy.” Each Friday, CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, will highlight the week’s noteworthy events and articles. Afr…

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June 16, 2014

Iran
Our New Ally Iran?

Will the crisis in Iraq lead to a rapprochement with Iran? Will the effort to strike a nuclear deal expand into a broader agreement? That is the nightmare of many of our allies in the Middle East, i…

July 3, 2014

Wars and Conflict
The Status of Women and Girls in Iraq and Afghanistan

This post is by Catherine Powell, fellow for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program; and Amelia Wolf, research associate for CFR’s Center for Preventive Action and International Institutions and Glob…

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December 14, 2017

United States
Foreign Affairs November/December Issue Launch: America's Forgotten Wars

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan discusses the November/December 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Emma Sky and Lisa Monaco. The latest issue puts U.S. interventions under serious scrutiny …

Play DC Foreign Affairs November/December Issue Launch Guest Event: America's Forgotten Wars

July 26, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Will the Arab League Pay for Palestine?

Will the Arab League pay up? Because donors are not meeting their pledges,  the Palestinian Authority is nearly broke and cannot meet its payroll. The PA told a specially convened session of the Ara…