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December 16, 2020

Afghanistan
America can’t stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

(CNN)As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create e…

December 8, 2020

2020 in Review
2020: The Year’s Historic News in Graphics

Extreme natural occurrences. Police brutality and racism. A global pandemic. CFR breaks down 2020’s biggest news with graphics.

October 28, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Trump’s Middle East Legacy Is Failure

The president has had a handful of successes—but never anything approaching a strategy.

October 12, 2020

Iraq
America’s Iraqi Embassy Is a Monstrosity Out of Time

The United States is threatening to close its outpost in Baghdad. It should have done so yesterday.

October 30, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Muscled Turkey to the Center of the World Stage

In the last decade, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shaped Turkey into a revisionist power that challenges not just its neighbors, but also allies such as France and the United States.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves while surrounded by members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

September 15, 2020

Lebanon
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

September 5, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

August 20, 2020

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Middle East Plays Hardball, and the Palestinians Always Lose

Last week’s deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the latest reminder that countries are always out for their own interests—and the weak suffer what they must.

September 21, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey.

Israel and the UAE both see Iran as a mutual enemy, but their decision to normalize relations also helps them form a united front against Turkey’s growing regional influence.

A child sits on a man's shoulders and holds the Turkish and Palestinian flags.

September 11, 2020

Afghanistan
What to Know About the Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Center for Preventive Action has compiled an accessible overview of the Afghan peace negotiations, including the U.S.-Taliban agreement, the U.S.-Afghan government joint declaration, and the ongo…

An Afghan man walks past a wall painted with a photo of U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 13, 2020.