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February 3, 2017

Syria
Why Syria’s War Grinds On

As diplomatic efforts to broker a settlement to the civil war have so far come up short and the Islamic State retains a foothold in the east, a segmented Syria will likely experience reduced but pers…

June 13, 2016

United States
Foiling the Next U.S. Mass Shooting

Stricter gun laws and new civil society programs are needed to prevent the next mass shooting in the United States, says expert Karen Greenberg.

October 9, 2015

Afghanistan
Can Afghan Forces Resist the Taliban?

The battle for Kunduz highlights the military and political challenges facing Afghanistan and the narrowly defined U.S. mission there, says CFR’s Stephen Biddle.

October 2, 2014

Libya
Is It Too Late For Libya?

Post-Qaddafi Libya is riven along regional, economic, and religious lines, and may descend into civil war despite a recent flurry of international diplomacy, says journalist Mary Fitzgerald.

September 12, 2014

Pakistan
Pakistani Military Cool Amid Political Crisis

In staying on the sidelines, the Pakistani army may be the only party to emerge from the weeks-long political crisis unscathed, says CFR’s Daniel S. Markey.

June 10, 2014

Pakistan
The Different Taliban Worlds

CFR’s Daniel Markey sheds light on the two Taliban branches—the Afghan-based group that negotiated the release of a U.S. prisoner of war, and the Pakistani Taliban, which attacked the Karachi airport…

October 25, 2013

Afghanistan
Can Negotiations Crack the Deadlock in Afghanistan?

Western powers should pursue a negotiated settlement with the Taliban in Afghanistan that includes real concessions from all sides, says CFR’s Stephen Biddle.

June 27, 2013

Afghanistan
The Diplomatic Push for Afghan Peace

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…

October 4, 2012

Sudan
Oil Diplomacy in the Sudans

A recent agremeent between Sudan and South Sudan to restart oil exports is likely to improve the macroeconomic situations of the countries, while paving the way for future negotiations over land disp…

April 9, 2012

Egypt
Egypt’s Complex Presidential Politics

Registration is now closed for Egypt’s upcoming presidential election. CFR’s Steven A. Cook discusses major contenders, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and last-minute entrant Om…