Events

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

The future of ISIS

Online Event Experts discuss the legacy of ISIS detainees and returnees, as well as strategies against a potential resurgence in Iraq and Syria.

11:30am Iraq Middle East Syria Terrorism

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Ten years ago, Libyans staged a revolution. Here’s why it has failed.

Ten years on, it’s important to dispel myths about why Libya went so wrong so as not to draw the wrong lessons.

Arab Spring by Borzou Daragahi

Middle East North Africa

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Experts react: What the Morocco-Israel deal means for the Middle East

Atlantic Council experts react to the normalization of ties between Morocco and Israel and what it means for the wider region.

MENASource by Atlantic Council

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Borzou Daragahi is a journalist and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.

He is a foreign correspondent who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe for more than sixteen years. He is now based in Istanbul, writing for The Independent.

He previously wrote for BuzzFeed News, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed to The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, and the Daily Star of Lebanon among others. He has appeared frequently as a guest on television and radio broadcasts.

Daragahi covered the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as well as its build-up and lengthy aftermath. He covered the 2006 war in Lebanon, the 2008 war in Georgia, the 2009 uprising in Iran, the chaotic consequences of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Syria, and the 2014 rise of the Islamic State and subsequent wars to defeat it. He has also reported in Afghanistan and in Europe, covering political and security issues in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Cyprus. He has covered the lengthy standoff over the Iran’s nuclear program.

He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times, once for coverage of Iran and twice for Iraq, and has received Overseas Press Club honors for Iraq and Iran coverage. He is a graduate Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. He has taught undergraduate journalism at Purchase College and Pratt Institute in New York and has appeared frequently as a guest speaker on university campuses.

Born in Iran, he grew up in the Chicago area and New York City. He speaks Persian as well as some Spanish, German, Arabic, and a little French and Turkish.