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Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli on April 9.

Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly

The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.

Algerian protesters gather during a mass demonstration against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on March 29. (AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria’s Bouteflika Is on His Way Out. Here’s What’s Next.

The longtime president may depart as soon as this week, but the country’s growing protest movement has not yet united behind one leader or policy platform.

Forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar patrol in the southern Libyan city of Sabha, on February 9. (AFP/Getty Images)

While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya

Despite the drawn-out political instability plaguing the country, a negotiated rise to power for Haftar is not the answer.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2018. (Greg Baker-Pool/Getty Images)

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan

The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

Local fishermen’s boats moor at Berbera port, in the breakaway territory of Somaliland, on July 21, 2018. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images)

For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?

Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.

Nigerian President  Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar (right) shake hands during a meeting in Abuja on Feb. 13. (Sodiq Adelakun/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria’s Election Is Shattering Political Taboos

The issue of restructuring the country’s delicate federal system has long been off limits. Both candidates have now put it front and center, ensuring that reforms are on the way.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hold a press briefing at the White House on Jan. 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

How Trump’s Venezuela Sanctions Could Undercut His Iran Policy

The U.S. president takes direct aim at Maduro’s power, but the economic pain could spread.

Iraqi boys walk past a shop in a local market in the northern city of Mosul on Nov. 21. ( Zaid al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions on Iran Will Harm Iraq

Baghdad is heavily dependent on trade with Tehran. Without an exemption from Washington, Iraqis—and the stability of the country—will suffer.

This week’s OPEC+ meeting could see another friendly handshake between Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured here on Dec. 1. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Are Putin and Mohammed bin Salman Getting Ready for Another High-Five?

This week’s OPEC meeting could cement closer cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez addresses supporters during a campaign rally on August 3, 2012. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/GettyImages)

Chávez’s Real Legacy Is Disaster

It's easy to blame Maduro, but the seeds of calamity were sown by his predecessor.

An Iranian man shops at a drugstore at the Nikan hospital in Tehran on September 11, 2018.

How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger

If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.

U.S. President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.

Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.

By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.

Iranian protesters carry placards that mock U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a demonstration outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Iran Sanctions Could Work

In the medium term, they’ll make it hard for the country to keep up oil production, satisfy domestic demand, and fund the government.

The shale oil revolution has brought boom, and sometimes bust, to places like Midland, Texas, shown here on Feb. 5, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why American Oil Hasn’t Been a Total Game-Changer

The U.S. is now the world’s top producer, but Saudi Arabia still holds the key to crude prices.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shrugs during a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Sept. 7. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey

How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.

Iraqi protesters watch an official building in flames as they demonstrate against the government and the lack of basic services in Basra on Sept. 6. (Haidar Hohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething

The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday announced limited waivers for Iranian oil sales, but stressed U.S. intentions of applying “maximum pressure,” Washington, May 21, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. to Allow Some Iranian Oil Sales—For Now

With sanctions kicking in Monday, the administration still aims for zero oil exports from Iran but wants to avoid spiking price of crude.

A general view on the last day of the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Oct. 25. (Giuseppe CacaceI/AFP)

How Mohammed bin Salman Turned Saudi Arabia Into an Investment Wasteland

Businesses abroad are still taking his money, but they’re fleeing his country.

A gas pump nozzle is seen at a gas station in Miami on April 9. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Put ‘Maximum Pressure’ on Tehran and Keep Gas Prices Low

Something’s going to have to give, and it will probably be the sanctions.

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