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April 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Nobody Knows Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a lectern

March 11, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Somber Anniversary, ‘Quad’ Leaders Meet Virtually, and More

Syrians mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the civil war; leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States convene virtually for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue; and the United…

Podcast A Syrian woman and child walk down a destroyed street as civilians and rebels prepare to evacuate one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Arbin, in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 24, 2018.

May 13, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

May 11, 2021

United States
Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power and federal funding. The 2020 count has faced pandemic-related complications and a…

Aerial shot suburban LA

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

April 12, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
What Is U.S. Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

The United States has long tried to negotiate a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but several factors, including deep divisions between and within the parties and declining U.S. interes…

A Palestinian uses a ladder to climb over the wall separating the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the West Bank.

April 12, 2021

Technology and Innovation
Technology and Youth Represent Nigeria’s Path Out of the Woods

The voice of Nigeria’s youth was heard at the EndSars protests and through the emergence of Paystack and Flutterwave, which were a breath of fresh air in an otherwise foul news climate around the cou…

"End Sars" referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, reads on a demonstrator's clothes.

April 8, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Reforms Should Come Before New Funding for UNRWA

The Biden administration restores funding of texts that glorify violence

March 26, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Biden-Harris Should Lead on Women’s Rights and Help End Syrian Conflict

Including the SDF-held Northeast in the UN peace talks would be a way to accomplish both.

Female YPJ fighters celebrate Newroz with civilian women in Qamishli, Syria in 2016.

March 25, 2021

World Order
A Concert of Powers for a Global Era

A global concert akin to the Concert of Europe offers the best and most realistic way to advance world order.

Congress of Vienna, September 1814 - June 1815