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October 6, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

The definitive account of how regime change in the Middle East has proven so tempting to American policymakers for decades—and why it always seems to go wrong.

September 22, 2020

Afghanistan
A Conversation With Abdullah Abdullah

Abdullah Abdullah discusses the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and the challenges facing Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation.

Play Abdullah Abdullah speaks during opening remarks for talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar

September 22, 2020

United Nations
Donald Trump’s Disjointed and Misleading UN Address

President Trump's virtual address to the UN General Assembly was shallow, unpersuasive, and exaggerated his domestic and international achievements.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump is projected on a screen in the mostly vacant UN General Assembly in New York during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually, on September 22, 2020.

September 22, 2020

Mali
Mali Update: Stand-Off

On September 21, the military junta that overthrew the Mali government of President Ibrahim Keita announced a transitional government. It is headed by retired Colonel Bah N'Daw, with junta leader Colonel Assimi Goïta as his vice president.

Malian coup leader Assimi Goita sits, in full military clothing, at a table during negotiations with ECOWAS. A red, yellow, and green flag is visible in the background.

September 22, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Flawed U.S. Effort to Revive Iran Sanctions

The Trump administration’s case for invoking “snapback” sanctions against Iran for violating the nuclear deal rests on shallow arguments that have left Washington alone in efforts to pressure Tehran…

Ambassador Kelly Craft watches Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk about the nuclear deal after a UN Security Council meeting

September 21, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Ending Gender-Based Violence is Key to Economic Recovery

Cases of gender-based violence have been rising since the outbreak of COVID-19, and businesses have a moral duty—and a financial responsibility—to act.

Activist, domestic violence, Italy.

September 21, 2020

A Conversation With Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

Please join Foreign Minister Zarif for a discussion of Iranian relations with the United States, the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and prospects for peace in the Middle Ea…

Play Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif standing next to a red, white, green Iranian flag

September 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…

Pro-democracy protesters display the three-fingered salute while singing the national anthem during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2020.

September 21, 2020

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: September 12-18

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger from September 12 to 18, 2020.

Map of Nigeria shaded in red to reflect Nigeria Security Tracker-documented deaths per state. Borno state, the northeastern-most state, is dark red, while the rest of the country are shades of pink.

September 21, 2020

United Nations
10 Hard Realities About the UN on Its Troubled 75th Anniversary

Broad-brush critiques of the United Nations often gloss over the distinct institutional components of the UN system and the geopolitical realities it has to work in. 

A United Nations flag is laying on a chair in the corner of a boardroom, with the New York skyline in the window and reflected on the boardroom table in the Secretariat building during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2013.