Middle East & Africa
President-elect Joe Biden departs after delivering a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?

The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute

As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.

An Iranian man checks a display board at a currency exchange shop in Tehran, on Sept. 29.

Biden Needs to Move Fast if He Wants a New Deal With Iran

Moderates will lose the June 2021 presidential election in Iran unless there is a new agreement and sanctions relief—and the United States can forget diplomacy if hardliners win.

A protester gestures toward the media as he marches with a demonstration calling for the end of police violence in Nigeria, on Oct. 21, 2020 in London, England.

Foreign Governments Are Aiding Nigeria’s Violence Against Protesters

The suppression of protests against police brutality wouldn’t have been possible without arms and training from abroad.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternative Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Election Déjà Vu for Israelis

A move to dissolve parliament could mean a fourth ballot in less than two years.

A woman carrying a child waits at a makeshift clinic at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of al-Hol in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria on February 7, 2019.

Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq

How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.

A resident reads the news about the U.S. elections in Tehran on Nov. 9.

What Iran’s Leaders Really Think About Biden

The killing of a top nuclear scientist has unsettled Tehran, but it’s still talking about a new deal with the United States.

Chinese fishing boats set off after being moored for more than three months in Taizhou, China, due to the annual fishing ban on the East China Sea on Sept. 16, 2014.

China’s Monster Fishing Fleet

Though not alone in its destructive practices, Beijing’s rapacious fleet causes humanitarian disasters and has a unique military mission.

Members of the Iranian armed forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during the burial ceremony in Tehran, on Nov. 30.

How Will Iran React to Another High-Profile Assassination?

The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s efforts to renew the nuclear deal—and could lead to escalation.

A cutout of an Israeli soldier

Israel Is the Wrench in Biden’s Iran Policy

The U.S. president-elect wants to reengage with Iran, but Israel has other plans.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official ceremony in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019.

Pentagon Says UAE Possibly Funding Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries in Libya

The Defense Department’s inspector general found that the United Arab Emirates is financing Russian Wagner Group mercenaries—just as Trump aims to sell the UAE billions of dollars worth of arms.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his way to a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers on Dec. 2, 2018.

Note to Mohammed bin Salman: Stop Digging Yourself Deeper

The Saudis need to get on Biden’s good side. Obvious places to start include releasing women’s rights activists.

Then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reaches out to shake hands with then Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki after a joint media briefing at the state house in Nairobi on June 8, 2010.

It’s Time for an Africa Policy Upgrade

Washington has sidelined Africa for too long. The Biden administration should take a new approach.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 25 miles south of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Oct. 16, 2017.

Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK

Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his planned nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, look on during an event introducing key foreign-policy and national security members of the incoming Biden-Harris administration in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 24.

Say No, Joe

On U.S. foreign policy, there’s no going back to the status quo.

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