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April 8, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Got His Groove Back

It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.

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 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
The Hard Edge of the Pope’s Moral Power

The pontiff’s Middle Eastern diplomacy may seem superficial, but it could make a huge practical impact.

March 1, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
A Realist Reset for US-Saudi Relations

U.S. interests argue for maintaining ties to Saudi Arabia despite clear evidence that the Crown Prince approved the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman attends a working breafast with US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019

March 16, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Who Is Hot and Who Is Not in the Middle East

The Biden administration wants to downgrade the region. Here are the countries he can ignore—and the ones he can’t.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

February 1, 2021

Democracy
After the Capitol Riot, Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever

Now more than ever, democracy’s champions need to hang together. The Biden administration should approach its proposed Summit for Democracy in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.

National Guard members stand guard outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2021.

January 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
America Needs Protection. So Does the Regime.

The U.S. military secured Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the new administration also needs to treat the armed forces as a potential threat.

January 20, 2021

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Batters Asia’s Already-Struggling Democracies

This article was first published in the Japan Times.  Over the past 15 years, democracy across Asia has regressed. Although the region still has strong democracies like South Korea, Japan and Taiw…

A police officer checks a passenger's body temperature at a quarantine checkpoint amid the reimposed strict lockdown to curb COVID-19 infections, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on August 5, 2020.

January 28, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East.

China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.