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October 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

September 16, 2020

United Nations
The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but it faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first-century challenges.

Members of the Security Council sit during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What’s Behind the New Israel-UAE Peace Deal?

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, paving the way for other Arab nations to do the same but angering the Palestinians.

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Are Gulf Arab States Aligning Toward Israel?

The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates reflects a profound shift in which Gulf Arab states opposed to Iran no longer consider relations with Israel off limits.

August 10, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

June 26, 2020

United States
Five Foreign-Policy Movies with Women in the Lead

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature women at the helm. 

Movies clockwise from the top left: Carve Her Name with Pride/IMDB; Eye in the Sky/Bleecker Street; Paradise Road/SBS; Atomic Blonde/Script; Zero Dark Thirty/Empire; A Private War/IMDB.

June 22, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Just How Important Is the Rift Between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Quartet?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off a plane at an air base in Qatar, on October 24, 2017.

June 9, 2020

Mali
French-Led Decapitation Strike on AQIM in Mali

On June 5, France announced that its forces killed Abdelmalek Droukdel and many in his inner circle. Droukdel was the "emir" or leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The attack took place…

Dust is whooshed into the air as a military helicopter prepares to land. A soldier in desert camouflage kneels on one knee as he signals the helicopter. The sky, obstructed by the dust, is otherwise a dull, clear blue.

December 3, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a session of the Shura Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 20, 2019.

April 30, 2020

China
Assessing the Early Response to Beijing’s Pandemic Diplomacy

Responses to China’s post-COVID overtures are largely falling along pre-existing political fault lines.

Wang Yi speaks during a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.