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June 10, 2022

Syria
Bringing Justice Home: Dispatches from the ISIS ‘Beatles’ Trial

ISIS Beatles Trial Shines Light on U.S. Counterterrorism and Hostage Policy

A banner belonging to Islamic State fighters is seen during a battle with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, Syria, on August 16, 2017.

March 29, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Islamism Is Ready for a Comeback

The death of political Islam in the Middle East has been greatly exaggerated.

December 29, 2020

United States
Healing and Paying With National Service

As the Biden administration takes shape, an emphasis on voluntary national service, namely young adults volunteering national service at home, abroad or in the military in exchange for tuition waiver…

An Americorps volunteer uses a hammer while renovating a house

February 28, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
A New Iran Deal Means Old Chaos

Rekindling the nuclear deal with Tehran will solve one regional problem—and cause others.

Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building, housing IAEA headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria, May 24, 2021

January 27, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East’s Conflicts Aren’t Done With the Emirates

Just when the United Arab Emirates thought it was done with focusing on foreign policy, they’re getting pulled back in.

The Burj Khalifa (C) skyscraper is seen as the sun sets over Dubai October 5, 2010.

January 19, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021

December 21, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Why One Man Can Ruin Turkey’s Economy

Did Erdogan break Turkish politics by empowering the presidency—or was it broken already?

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters in Istanbul, Turkey, April 16, 2017.

December 21, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Why One Man Can Ruin Turkey’s Economy

Did Erdogan break Turkish politics by empowering the presidency—or was it broken already?

November 29, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Why Dictators Always Pretend to Love the Law

There’s something farcical—but entirely rational—about the way authoritarians such as Egypt’s Sisi invoke legal justifications for repression.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends the Arab summit in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, May 31, 2019.

February 24, 2022

Nigeria
Nigeria’s All Too Familiar Corruption Ranking Begs Broader Questions Around Normative Collapse

Released last month, the 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) confirmed what many Nigerians know intuitively—that a steady stream of official antigraft rhetoric has hardly made a dent on what many agree is the most formidable perennial challenge to the country’s long-term stability. President Buhari’s sentiment to the effect that “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, then corruption will kill Nigeria,” is widely shared. Not only is Nigeria down five places from its 2020 ranking, its total score of twenty-four out of a maximum one hundred points represents a drop for the third successive year, making it West Africa’s second most corrupt country. Guinea-Bissau, still reeling from a failed military takeover in early February, holds the dubious honor of being the most corrupt.  

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wearing gray traditional clothing and glasses sitting with a binder on his lap.