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February 25, 2011

Politics and Government
Friday File: Washington Braces for the Showdown over the Government Shutdown

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington. (Jason Reed…

Senate Budget Committee Ranking member Jeff Sessions and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan speak in response to President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget in Washington

February 13, 2012

Military Operations
When America Attacked Syria

In response to the worsening civil war in Syria and the Bashar al-Assad regime’s continuous use of rockets, artillery, and sniper fire against civilian population centers, some policymakers, analysts…


December 21, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Guest Post: Behind Recent GCC Calls for Unity

Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah welcomes Sultan Qaboos bin Saiid of Oman in Riyadh on December 19, 2011. Leaders of the Gulf Arab states arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the Gulf Cooperation C…

Guest Post: Behind Recent GCC Calls for Unity

April 4, 2012

Guest Post: Jordan’s Reform Calculations

This post is written by Kelley Calkins, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here she offers her assessment of the Jordanian leadership’s calculations concerning domestic reform …

Jordanian Islamic Front Action supporters shout slogans against Syria's president Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in Amman on March 9, 2012 (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

September 6, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Iran Tensions Mount as Syria’s Regional Isolation Increases

Significant Middle East Developments Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency briefed members with a series of satellite images yesterday further suggesting nuclear sanitation at Iran’s Parchin …

Iran's International Atomic Energy Agency ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh reacts as he addresses a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the United Nations headquarters (Herwig Prammer/Courtesy Reuters).

October 23, 2014

United States
This Week: Turkey’s Acquiescence and Iran Sanctions

Significant Developments ISIS-Turkey. Turkey announced on Monday that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to cross its border to come to Kobani’s defense, five weeks after the start of ISI…

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells (Jadallah/Courtesy Reuters).

November 21, 2014

Cyber Week in Review: November 21, 2014

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: China hosted a global Internet conference this week, where China’s Internet regulator and Pre…

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks to Fadi Chehade, president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), on November 19, 2014 . (Courtesy Reuters/China Daily)

April 7, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Rand Paul, GOP Presidential Candidate

Is America ready for a "Libertarian-ish" president? We are about to find out. Today Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) formally announced his presidential campaign, making him the second Republican candidate, …

Rand Paul Announcement

January 19, 2015

Cybersecurity in the State of the Union

tr td { border: 1px solid black; } The President is expected to dedicate a section of his State of the Union tomorrow to cybersecurity. Last week he introduced a number of new legislative pro…

State of the Union Net Politics Cyber CFR

December 16, 2015

The Future of the WHO: Lessons Learned and Priorities for Institutional Reform

The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscored the i…

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan attend a meeting at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, during the height of the Ebola crisis on October 1, 2014.