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January 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Haunted by Syria?

"When the history of the Obama administration is written, there will be a long and damaging chapter on its immense humanitarian and strategic failure in Syria. With three years of Obama yet to come, …

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

September 18, 2013

United States
McCain on Syria

Senator John McCain spoke about Syria yesterday here at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. His remarks are the best explanation of the American interests at stake and the best critique o…

September 16, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Syria Deal

The text of the framework agreement between the United States and Russia leaves one with more questions than answers. Until last week Syria denied having any chemical weapons, so its willingness to …

April 7, 2017

Syria
Will Syria Yield to the Chemical Weapons Ban?

Syria’s breach of its treaty obligations has led to broad international support for U.S. military action, says CFR’s Lori Esposito Murray.

July 1, 2012

Syria
Syria: the Background

Much scorn has been directed at fashion magazines that lionized Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian dictator. This is fair enough, but we don’t really expect careful judgments about world politics …

May 27, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Disgrace in Syria

Headlines around the world this weekend tell of a massacre in Syria: artillery killed ninety people, of whom a third were children, in one village. The Assad regime has of course denied responsibilit…

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…

November 30, 2017

North Korean Nuclear Program
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

November 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
women protest argentina Eliminating Violence Against Women

This week marks the United Nations' Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, when the United Nations, partner organizations, and governments around the world galvanize attention to gen…