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May 16, 2012

Iran
Hezbollah Fighters in Syria

While there has been considerable discussion in the United States about jihadis who may be fighting in Syria against the Assad regime, less attention has been paid to the presence of Hezbollah fighte…

March 29, 2012

United States
Abandoning Syria

With 9,000 Syrians dead and the Assad regime increasingly isolated and under political, moral, military assault, it appears that the Obama Administration has made its choice: it is abandoning efforts…

September 3, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle

As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the new judicial year's opening ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, September 2, 2019

June 12, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Syria: Follow the Region?

The violence in Syria is awful to see. Today the New York  Times reported that “Backed by tanks and helicopters gunships, Syrian army troops stormed the northern town of Jisr al-Shoughour on Sunday, …

April 29, 2011

Syria
Syria This Week

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the Syrian port city of Banias April 29, 2011. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters) Amidst this week’s Middle East news one startling eve…

Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the Syrian port city of Banias April 29, 2011.

March 26, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Ridding Syria of a Despot

After a week of travel in the Middle East, I have returned to Washington and will be writing about what I saw and what is transpiring in the region. The first article is "Ridding Syria of a Despot" …

August 26, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Is the second time the charm? Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders certainly hopes so. Back in 2016, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist gave heavily favored Hillary Clinton a surprisingly tough run f…

Bernie Sanders

August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adjusts his tie.

August 22, 2019

United States
Election 2020: Michael Bennet, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American men. One in nine American men will be diagnosed with it during their lifetimes. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is one of them…

Michael Bennet

August 20, 2019

International Organizations
The G7 and the Future of Multilateralism

The Group of Seven serves as a forum to coordinate global policy, but the Trump administration has provoked questions about the group’s cohesion and relevance.

G7 leaders meet in Sicily