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August 5, 2020

Nigeria
Borno Governor Survives Boko Haram Attack in Nigeria

On July 29, Boko Haram operatives attacked a convoy with Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, near the town of Baga. According to media reports, the governor was unharmed, but there were casualties in his entourage.

Nigerian man, the governor of Borno State, speaks into microphone wearing green traditional clothing

August 4, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Relations With Iran, 1953–2020

Onetime allies, the United States and Iran have seen tensions escalate repeatedly in the four decades since the Islamic Revolution.

August 3, 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.

July 30, 2020

Nigeria
Islamic State Boko Haram Faction Murders Aid Workers in Video

The Islamic State in West African (ISWA) released a video of its execution-style murder of five aid workers in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, who were kidnapped in June on their way to Maiduguri.

The city gate of Maiduguri along Bulumkutu road, in Borno state, Nigeria, on July 26, 2019. The aid workers were reportedly kidnapped while traveling on a road to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

July 29, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Virtual Meeting: Israeli Annexation and Middle East Peace

Panelists discuss Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank and the geopolitical consequences for the region and for the Middle East peace plan.

Play A Palestinian boy climbs through an opening in Israel's controversial barrier in Shuafat in the West Bank near Jerusalem.

July 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, July 2020: No End in Sight for India

Experts continue to be concerned about low levels of COVID-19 testing across South Asia.

Children on makeshift rafts in a flooded area of Jamalpur, Bangladesh.

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.

July 28, 2020

Nigeria
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With John Campbell

John Campbell discusses Nigeria, its history, colonial legacy, and strategic importance to the United States. Ambassador Campbell argues that Nigeria is the African country of greatest strategic i…

Play Nigerian naira banknotes

July 28, 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.

July 21, 2020

United States
Virtual Meeting: CFR Master Class Series With Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman discusses domestic terrorism in the United States. The CFR Master Class Series is a weekly 45-minute session hosted by Vice President and Deputy Director for Studies Shannon O’Neil i…

Play Bruce Hoffman speaks at news conference.