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February 12, 2019

Refugees and Displaced Persons
No Refuge

What is a refugee? A quarter billion people worldwide live outside their country of nationality. One-tenth of them are refugees. While most migrants are fleeing poverty and seeking opportunity, refugees are running from acute threats: barrel bombs in Syria, razed villages in Myanmar, or repression and crime in Venezuela.

Refugee Camp

April 11, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror

A civil uprising against the long-time rule of the Assads has deteriorated into protracted civil war. Here’s a look at the elements that have deepened Syria’s tragedy.

Syria’s Civil War

December 15, 2015

Democracy
The Arab Uprisings Five Years On

On the eve of the Arab Uprisings’ fifth anniversary, CFR’s Steven A. Cook surveys the region’s tumult and backslide into autocracy.

The Arab Uprisings Five Years On

January 16, 2015

Taliban
The Taliban

The Taliban has outlasted the world’s most potent military forces and its two main factions now challenge the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As U.S. troops draw down, the next phase of con…

The Taliban InfoGuide