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November 5, 2015

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Guest Post: The Islamic State - Where is it now?

Helia Ighani is the assistant director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action. Since the self-proclaimed Islamic State captured territory in Iraq and Syria in the summer o…

Islamic State Trucks

September 28, 2015

International Organizations
Guest Post: Closing the Rhetoric-Reality Gap on R2P

Bruce W. Jentleson is a professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the 2015-16 Kissinger chair at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress. Jenna Karp is a Duke University…

Syrian Refugees in Serbia

September 16, 2015

United States
Syria and the Question of Intervention

My friend, Timothy Kaldas, offers this provocative post on the conflict in Syria.  He raises a host of issues that many people have been struggling with since the civil war began.  I hope readers fin…

SyriaAndTheQuestionOfIntervention

May 19, 2015

United States
Is U.S. Foreign Policy Making Americans Less Safe?

Senior U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials increasingly warn of the threat of “lone wolf” individuals attempting terror attacks within the United States. These potential perpetrators are…

Intel Senior Officials

April 16, 2015

International Organizations
Senator Rubio and U.S. “Leadership”: Three Questions for the Candidate

The decision by Marco Rubio to seek the Republican presidential nomination is audacious. But it would be a mistake to underestimate the first-term senator from Florida. As the current occupant of the…

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announces his 2016 presidential campaign at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida, on April 13, 2015.

March 25, 2015

Libya
Who’s Afraid of Negotiations?

My intern, Alex Decina, wrote this terrific post on the current state of play in Libya. I hope you find it interesting and useful.Last Thursday could have been an important day for Libya. It could ha…

Who's Afraid of Negotiations

August 6, 2014

Turkey
What a Turkey!

This article was originally published here on Politico.com on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. If Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan were an American politician, he would be an excellent candidate …

WhatATurkey_CROPPED

July 11, 2014

Defense and Security
You Might Have Missed: Israel-Palestine Death Toll, Iraq Drone Strikes, and Afghan Civilians

Media Availability with Secretary Hagel at Eglin AFB, Florida, U.S. Department of Defense, July 10, 2014. SEC. HAGEL: A lot of questions always come with any possibility or decision whether to take …

Israel Palestine Bombs July 2014

March 27, 2014

United States
This Week: Egypt’s Likely New President, Arab League Paralysis, and Turkish-Syrian Fighting

Significant Developments Egypt. Field Marshal and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday resigned from the military and announced his candidacy for president. Ibrahim Munir, a member of the…

Egypt's defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a news conference in Cairo (Courtesy Reuters).

December 6, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nelson Mandela and American Hopes

In an Expert’s Brief I published yesterday, I reflected on Nelson Mandela’s achievements as the father of the democratic, non-racial South Africa that replaced the odious and repressive apartheid sta…

President Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 80th birthday on July 18.