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January 11, 2021

Politics and Government
Donald Trump’s Costly Legacy

History will judge the Trump presidency to have been a consequential one, but more for its destructive effects than for its achievements.

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC

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 3, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab Spring at Ten Years: What’s the Legacy of the Uprisings?

Ten years on, the lives of people in Arab Spring countries have improved in certain aspects but worsened in others. CFR.org visualizes the changes in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen…

A young man holding the Egyptian flag sits on someone's shoulders and shouts during a protest at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

March 26, 2020

Syrian Civil War
Syria’s Revenge on the World Will Be a Second Wave of Coronavirus

The pandemic will soon magnify the threats festering in the Middle East’s longest-running war.

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 27, 2020

United Arab Emirates
The Arab World Is Having a Jewish Revolution

The real achievement of the Abraham Accords isn’t geopolitical—it’s cultural.

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.

July 30, 2020

Lebanon
Lebanon as We Know It Is Dying

The only political system the country has ever known is collapsing, and it’s never coming back.