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December 11, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What Morocco’s Agreement With Israel Means for the Wider Middle East

With six Arab states having established relations with Israel, a new Middle East is taking shape. But the diplomatic progress, facilitated by the Trump administration’s compensation to those states, …

October 9, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

January 6, 2020

Iran
The Coming Nuclear Crisis With Iran

Iran’s move to suspend cooperation with the 2015 nuclear deal threatens to further escalate already high tensions between Washington and Tehran.

October 6, 2020

News Release
Regime Change in the Middle East Is a False Promise, Writes Philip Gordon in New CFR Book

“The iron rule of regime change in the Middle East seems to be that its costs will be higher than expected, unintended consequences will emerge, and results will leave much to be desired.” So warns P…

September 20, 2019

Iran
Trump’s Iran-Saudi Arabia Dilemma

The president is in the difficult position of either backing down in the face of Iranian threats and suspected attacks or escalating the conflict in ways he clearly wants to avoid.

June 8, 2020

Germany
Trump’s Sudden and Dangerous Troop Withdrawal From Germany

President Donald J. Trump’s order to withdraw nearly ten thousand U.S. troops from Germany betrays a close ally, undermines confidence in Washington, and makes Europe and the United States less safe…

April 28, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
U.S. Global Leadership Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, With Philip H. Gordon

Philip H. Gordon, CFR’s Mary and David Boies senior fellow in U.S. foreign policy, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether the United States should do more internationally to stem the spre…

Podcast In response to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump announces that he is declaring a national emergency during news conference with National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence and other members of his coronavirus task force and leaders from the healthcare industry in the Rose Garden at the White House March 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.

April 21, 2020

Israel
Israel’s Unusual Crisis Coalition: What to Expect

Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political rival have made a pact amid a pandemic, prolonging the embattled prime minister’s political career and likely reinforcing Israel’s nationalistic direction.

December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

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September 30, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series With Philip H. Gordon

Since the end of World War II, the United States has set out to oust governments in the Middle East on an average of once per decade—in places such as Iran, Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Egypt, Libya, a…

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