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February 23, 2021

Yemen
A Conversation With Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Chris Murphy discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf, the status of American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the foreign policy priorities for the 117th Co…

Play Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), speaks during a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on US Policy in the Middle East on Capitol Hill

February 22, 2021

Kurds
The Kurds’ Quest for Independence

The Kurds are one of the world’s largest peoples without a state, making up sizable minorities in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Their century-old quest for independence is marked by marginalization …

February 19, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Virtual Roundtable: Can Social Bonds Help Save the World?

Scheffer: Thank you, Julissa, and good day everyone. I am David Scheffer, a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tom Bernstein fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Muse…

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February 16, 2021

Defense and Security
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book, The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. In an unlikely showdown in northeastern Syria in 2014, an all-female militia faced of…

Play Sawoushka Ahmed, a Kurdish female fighter stands with a gun in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas.

February 17, 2021

News Release
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Recounts the Untold Story of the Women Who Fought to Defeat ISIS, in New Book

In 2014, a remarkable all-women militia faced off against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Kobani, a small town in northeastern Syria, which became a turning point in the fight against ISIS. In h…

February 16, 2021

Syria
The Daughters of Kobani

Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells the extraordinary story of the women who took on the Islamic State and won.

February 16, 2021

Syria
Kurdish Women and the Fight Against ISIS, With Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, adjunct senior fellow in CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy program, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the Kurdish women fighting ISIS and her experience on the ground in n…

Podcast Fighters from the Kurdish Women's Protection units (YPJ) participate in a military parade on March 27, 2019, celebrating the total elimination of the Islamic State (IS) group's last bastion in eastern Syria, in the northwestern city of Hasakah, in the province of the same name.

January 25, 2021

What to Worry About in 2021

Panelists discuss potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2021, as well as their global political implications. This event explored the results of CFR's 2021 Preventive Priorities …

Play Rows of military equipments at a military parade to celebrate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in North Korea

January 21, 2021

United States
Transition 2021 Series: Renewing the U.S. State Department

Panelists discuss the future of the U.S Department of State under the next administration, including possible reforms to the agency’s priorities, culture, structure, and workforce. The Transition …

Play The U.S. Department of State is seen on January 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tensions are high in the middle-east after a U.S. air strike in Iraq killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian military leader.

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.