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December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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February 1, 2017

Iraq
Iraq Reconsidered: Ten Years After the Surge

Experts discuss the successes and failures of the 2007 U.S. military surge in Iraq, its implications for U.S. strategy in the region over the past ten years, and lessons moving forward.

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February 23, 2016

Kurds
Thinking About “the Kurds”

The myriad alliances and rivalries between Turkey, the United States, and the Kurds of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are complicating U.S.-Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East.

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September 13, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Tragedy in Libya and Regional Unrest

On a personal note, I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods killed in Benghazi on Tuesday. Chris and I were…

Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, smiles at his home in Tripoli on June 28, 2012 (Al-Fetori/Courtesy Reuters).

June 14, 2012

Iraq
Iraq’s ’Precarious’ Future

Ongoing violence and corruption in Iraq since the U.S. military pullout could augur a return to full-on sectarian strife and continued poor governance, says CFR’s Ned Parker.

August 3, 2011

United States
Iraq: U.S. Military Withdrawal II

Iraq's President Jalal Talabani (R) meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad May 3, 2010 (Iraqi Government Handout/Courtesy Reuters). Yesterday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Ma…

Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani meets with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki in Baghdad

June 8, 2011

Bahrain
Continuing Crackdown in Bahrain

Though Bahrain’s crown prince is in the United States to restore frayed relations, the government is pressing its campaign against the protest movement, despite its ending of martial law and a call f…

December 27, 2010

Elections and Voting
Promise, Peril for Iraq’s New Government

Iraq’s coalition government is a promising resolution to nine months of political wrangling after national elections, says expert Joost Hiltermann, but questions loom about how effective the power-sh…

November 30, 2010

Religion
Sharia and Militancy

Experts say Islamic law, or sharia, holds wide appeal for Muslim populations in many countries and is beginning to spread via democratic means, but it is also being used as a tool of Islamic militanc…

November 17, 2010

Iraq
A Tenuous Deal in Iraq

Despite a walkout by political leader Ayad Allawi, the Iraq power-sharing deal can hold if Prime Minister Maliki keeps his word and if the formation of a new government stir up frictions among rival …