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November 20, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is the Kafala System?

The kafala system regulates the lives of tens of millions of migrant laborers in the Middle East, but growing outrage over human rights abuses, racism, and gender discrimination has fueled calls for …

Workers are seen in the Lusail National Stadium, which is under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

December 3, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring at Ten Years: What’s the Legacy of the Uprisings?

Ten years on, the lives of people in Arab Spring countries have improved in certain aspects but worsened in others. CFR.org visualizes the changes in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen…

A young man holding the Egyptian flag sits on someone's shoulders and shouts during a protest at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

November 5, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

September 16, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Is Lebanon a Failed State? Here’s What the Numbers Say.

The August explosions in Beirut were the latest in a series of man-made disasters that have led some experts to say Lebanon is becoming a failed state.

September 1, 2020

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

June 18, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Who’s Who in Libya’s War?

The conflict in oil-rich Libya has become a proxy war, fueled by rival foreign powers such as Russia and Turkey.

June 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Can Syria’s Assad Regime Survive a New Wave of Threats?

New U.S. sanctions under the Caesar Act could compound the economic turmoil threatening to undo the Assad regime.

July 29, 2020

Yemen
Yemen in Crisis

Yemen’s internal divisions and a Saudi-led military intervention have spawned an escalating political, military, and humanitarian crisis.

Five Houthis ride atop a military vehicle.

October 29, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Isolationism

In his new book, Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World, CFR Senior Fellow Charles A. Kupchan explores the nation's past to uncover the ideological and political…

CFR Teaching Notes for Isolationism by Charles A. Kupchan

January 28, 2020

Iran
Iran’s Regional Armed Network

Iran’s web of armed partners such as Hezbollah serves to strengthen its influence in the Middle East and could pose a growing threat to the United States and its allies in the region.

Hezbollah supporters hold signs that say "we vow revenge" and wave the Hezbollah and Lebanese flags.