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May 29, 2024

What makes Colombian mercenaries so interesting?

By Alia Brahimi

Coming up this Thursday, in Season 2, Episode 2 of the Guns for Hire podcast, host Alia Brahimi is joined by Dr. Andrés Macías, a Bogota-based expert on Colombian mercenaries. They begin by looking at the explosive case of 26 Colombians arrested for their part in the 2021 assassination of the Haitian president, as well […]

Colombia Conflict


May 28, 2024

Sudan is an abject disaster. Is anyone listening?

By Benjamin Mossberg

US efforts in Sudan are not working. Additional visibility and attention can hopefully bring about solutions.

Africa Conflict


May 24, 2024

Libya’s special envoy resigned. What’s next for the country?

By Tahani Elmogrbi

Tahani Elmogrbi interviewed the High National Election Commission chairman to get his perspective on the elections in the current environment after Abdullah Batili’s resignation.

Conflict Democratic Transitions

New Atlanticist

May 23, 2024

Is the Assad regime finally facing some justice? What to know about the trial of Syrian officials in Paris.

By Atlantic Council

A landmark trial has begun in Paris of three former Syrian intelligence officials charged with torture, murder, and other crimes. 

Conflict France


May 23, 2024

The ‘Butcher of Tehran’ is dead. It won’t change a thing.

By Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani

Despite his role in crimes against humanity, Ebrahim Raisi’s celebrated death will have no bearing on the Islamic Republic’s policy.

Civil Society Human Rights


May 21, 2024

A Rafah invasion might kill peace between Israel and Egypt

By Shahira Amin

Egypt’s intention to pull out of hostage deal mediation efforts and the continued closure of the Rafah border crossing are alarm bells for Israel.

Conflict Israel


May 20, 2024

Parliament was dissolved in Kuwait and hardly anyone noticed

By Richard LeBaron

The conflict between the opposition-dominated parliament and the appointed cabinet is not new, and this is not the first time the parliament has been suspended.

Democratic Transitions Elections

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2024

Experts react: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is dead in a helicopter crash. What’s next for the regime?

By Atlantic Council experts

The Iranian president and foreign minister died in a crash on Sunday in northwestern Iran. Atlantic Council experts offer their insights on the implications for the Islamic Republic.

Iran Politics & Diplomacy


May 20, 2024

How Cabo Verde is highlighting the rich history of the Jewish people in Africa

By El Mehdi Boudra

From Rabat to Praia, a new generation of African leaders is reclaiming their Jewish history and realizing a brighter future.

Civil Society Conflict

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2024

What comes after Ebrahim Raisi

By Jonathan Panikoff

While the Iranian president’s death in a helicopter crash was shocking, it is unlikely to change the country’s strategic direction. Here’s why.

Extremism Iran