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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).

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

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…


June 16, 2014

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…


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…

September 16, 2015

United States
Syria and the Question of Intervention

My friend, Timothy Kaldas, offers this provocative post on the conflict in Syria.  He raises a host of issues that many people have been struggling with since the civil war began.  I hope readers fin…


February 18, 2015

United States
American Leadership and the Middle East

It was hard to zero in on a topic to write about this week with all that is happening in the Middle East. There are now three countries that seem to be breaking apart—Libya, Yemen, and Iraq—and a cer…

American Leadership in the Middle East

August 18, 2014

United States
Washington Can’t Solve the Identity Crisis in Middle East Nations

I published the following piece in the Outlook section of Sunday’s Washington Post. I hope you find it interesting and useful! Yes, Nouri al-Maliki stubbornly refused to govern inclusively in Iraq. …


August 6, 2014

United States
What is Iraq Doing With U.S. Missiles and Intelligence?

As I have highlighted previously, the United States’ recent increased security cooperation with the government of Iraq to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been characterized by…