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March 17, 2016

Wars and Conflict
Syria’s Civil War Syria’s Civil War and the Descent Into Horror

Protests in Syria have descended into a civil war, giving rise to Islamic State militants and an outpouring of refugees and defying attempts at resolution.

September 12, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Realism and Democracy

A personal story of the development of U.S. human rights policy in the last forty years and an argument, both "realist" and principled, for supporting the expansion of democracy in the Middle East.

January 16, 2015

Taliban
The Taliban InfoGuide 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…

July 24, 2017

Sanctions
REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin Have Sanctions Become the Swiss Army Knife of U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Congress takes an important, positive step to reinforce Russian sanctions, but are we at risk of overusing the sanctions tool? Senate and House negotiators have reached agreement on a bill tha…

September 7, 2017

Southeast Asia
Suu Kyi_9.6.2017 Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Opportunity for the U.S. Congress

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert Kagan suggested that, in this period of uncertain governance by the White House, Congress should take a much more forceful approach to governing, as i…

September 5, 2017

United States
Chinese steel factory Does the U.S. Trade Deficit Matter?

President Trump has made reducing the U.S. trade deficit a priority, but economists disagree over whether such a deficit harms the economy and how policymakers should respond.

March 20, 2014

Arctic
The Emerging Arctic The Emerging Arctic

The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whethe…

July 10, 2017

Cybersecurity
The Pentagon On Information Sharing: Once More, With Feeling

Cybersecurity experts have been talking about information sharing for twenty years. Time to actually do something about it.

May 15, 2017

Global Governance
Delegates protesting against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement hold up signs. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) When America fails to lead, the whole world suffers

Coauthored with Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is …

June 24, 2014

Religion
The Sunni-Shia Divide InfoGuide The Sunni-Shia Divide

Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in some Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. This InfoGuide explains the roots of Sunni-Shia tensions and how they could reshape t…