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January 29, 2016

Libya
New Order or Disorder for Libya?

Libya’s UN-brokered unity agreement is fragile at best and could fracture in the event of a stepped-up Western intervention against Islamic State forces, says expert Mary Fitzgerald.

January 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia
What’s Driving Saudi Actions?

The fallout that has followed Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia protest leader is likely to tamp down dissent at home while provoking regional conflicts, says expert Toby Matthiesen.

January 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Smooth Saudi Succession Amid Rough Times

King Abdullah’s succession plan for Saudi Arabia’s aging leadership may be his most important legacy at a time of multiple crises in the Middle East, says expert Rachel Bronson.

April 27, 2012

Bahrain
Bahrain’s Unsettling Standoff

The country’s instability should not be viewed as a simple push for democratic reforms, and the outcome has implications for Iran’s role in the region, says CFR’s Ed Husain.

December 30, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Can the Middle East Navigate Democracy?

Major democracies have an obligation to assist local civil society in countries where popular demands for reform have not been met, says expert Mark P. Lagon.

October 2, 2014

Libya
Is It Too Late For Libya?

Post-Qaddafi Libya is riven along regional, economic, and religious lines, and may descend into civil war despite a recent flurry of international diplomacy, says journalist Mary Fitzgerald.

July 17, 2014

Germany
Will U.S.-Germany Relations Recover?

U.S.-Germany relations have plunged to new lows, but the alliance is far greater than the recent controversy over espionage, says expert Karen Donfried.

July 9, 2014

Global
Tremors from the BNP Paribas Case

The BNP Paribas case demonstrates the growing rigor of U.S. prosecutions of illicit finance, and will have implications for markets and the global banking industry, says expert Juan C. Zarate.

June 10, 2014

Pakistan
The Different Taliban Worlds

CFR’s Daniel Markey sheds light on the two Taliban branches—the Afghan-based group that negotiated the release of a U.S. prisoner of war, and the Pakistani Taliban, which attacked the Karachi airport…

April 8, 2014

Afghanistan
Fraud Fears Loom Over Afghan Transition

Widespread election fraud could undermine Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power and throw the country into chaos, says CFR’s Stephen Biddle.