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Wed, Sep 22, 2021
More than four decades after the beginning of a dreadful war that shaped the lives and worldview of a generation, Iraq and Iran seem to have put the past behind them and moved to a new relationship. But the road ahead is not without landmines. The balance of power is too lopsided in Iran’s favor to allow for a healthy alliance and Iran’s continued estrangement from the US makes Baghdad’s balancing act even trickier. The Iranians may be enjoying their triumphant short-term position, but the long-term consequences could be calamitous.
Wed, Sep 22, 2021
Mourned by some, cursed by others, former President Bouteflika left Algeria ill-prepared for the future
Abdelaziz Bouteflika's death is unlikely to substantially shift the country's trajectory, in large part because of just how rigid a system he and his generation of independence heroes already imposed upon Algeria during their lifetimes.
MENASource by Andrew G. Farrand
Tue, Sep 21, 2021
In practice, Iran’s discriminatory law affects almost all aspects of minority children’s lives, such as safety and well-being and access to health and education.
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Wed, Aug 4, 2021
One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah's control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.
Issue Brief by David Daoud
Thu, Jun 24, 2021
Wechsler responds to the New American Engagement Initiative's latest publication. Read his recommendations and analysis on why the US should not withdraw from the Middle East.
Issue Brief by William F. Wechsler
Mon, Jun 14, 2021
In a new issue brief Nate Rosenblatt and Jomana Qaddour describe the challenges the United States faces in Syria, including Russia's attempt to expand the UN Strategic Framework as well the struggle to keep the UN humanitarian border crossings open in northern Syria.
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