Middle East & Africa
The military honor guard arrives during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington.

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.

Iraqis lit candles in memory of demonstrators who lost their lives as they mark the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests at Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Oct. 1, 2020.

Iraq’s Disappearance From Biden’s Agenda Is a Big Mistake

Upcoming elections offer an opportunity to turn Iraq around—and contain Iran in the process.

The Turkish drilling vessel Kanuni arrives for mechanical operations at Haydarpasa Port in Istanbul on Oct. 19, 2020.

What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism.

Indian Muslims carry Indian flags during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Bengaluru on Jan. 20, 2020.

For Modi, Courting the Arab World Begins With India’s Muslims

India’s tricky regional balance of power isn’t made any easier by sectarian tensions.

Protesters hold placards outside the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja during a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual violence on June 5, 2020.

Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape

Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.

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How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.

Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.

People attend the funeral ceremony of Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, who died a week after being seriously wounded in an al-Shabab suicide attack at his office, in Mogadishu on Aug. 4, 2019.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.

U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.

A staff member positions an Iranian flag on a stage after a group picture during the Iran nuclear talks at Vienna International Centre in Austria on July 14, 2015.

With Iran, Biden Can’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Why any new agreement would likely be worse than resuscitating the existing deal.

Activist Stella Nyanzi is arrested by police officers at a protest for more government food distribution amid the coronavirus lockdown in Kampala, Uganda, on May 18, 2020.

Uganda’s Chief Provocateur

Through radical protest, Stella Nyanzi has become a thorn in long-serving President Yoweri Museveni’s side. Now, she could be headed to parliament.

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden exits after delivering remarks on the Trump administrations recent actions in Iran and Iraq in New York on Jan. 07, 2020.

How Biden Can Help Prevent War on Iran—Right Now

Law and precedent bar the new administration from diplomacy before Inauguration Day. But that doesn’t mean its hands are tied.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy

On Taiwan, Yemen, and Cuba, the Trump administration is laying political land mines for Biden on its way out the door.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

‘Stop F—ing Lying’: Congress, Trump Officials in Heated Exchange Over Terrorism Designations

Congressional overseers are livid that the administration made major policy changes without prior formal consultations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani pose before they participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15, 2020.

Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends

The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.

Posters for incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and Bobi Wine, the pop star-turned-opposition leader, are seen along a street in Kampala, Uganda, on Jan. 6.

Uganda Heads to the Polls, With ‘Dictator’ on the Line

Popular singer Bobi Wine seeks to unseat long-serving President Yoweri Museveni in the election, which has been marred by misinformation.

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