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May 23, 2019

Nigeria
ISWA Tries to Win Over Some Nigerians While Killing Others

The conventional wisdom is that the Boko Haram faction that calls itself the Islamic State in West African (ISWA) is less brutal than Abubakar Shekau’s rival faction, notorious for the Chibok school girl kidnapping and the targeting of civilians. There is some truth to this: ISWA has avoided using female and child suicide bombers and it does not seem to indiscriminately murder entire villages. Its rhetoric does not glory in murder like Shekau’s.

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February 25, 2019

Iran
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley, President Donald Trump, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salute as a military honor guard carries the casket of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, past them during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019.

May 22, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

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May 17, 2019

Iran
Escalating U.S.-Iran Tensions: What’s Next?

Neither Iran nor the United States likely wants war, but the possibility of a miscommunication is considerable, risking a dangerous escalation.

A blurry photo taken at night shows a military plane taking off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier as people watch.

May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

May 3, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Controversy Over Sexual Violence in Conflict at the UN Security Council

Controversy tainted the UN Security Council’s annual debate on conflict-related sexual violence, hosted on April 23 by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The United States and other Security Council…

Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad at the UN Security Council, during a meeting about sexual violence in conflict. New York, United States. April 23, 2019.

April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Bombings: What We Know

A high level of coordination suggests the perpetrators had substantial expertise, possibly drawn from a foreign-based terrorist group.

Mourners carry the coffins of victims of the Sri Lanka bombings during a mass funeral in April.

April 17, 2019

Nigeria
Boko Haram Evolves and Persists in Northeast Nigeria

The Shekau and al-Barnawi factions of Boko Haram continue to evolve and even grow. Changes in leadership and tactics raise questions about the extent of their affiliation with IS and overall stability, but they also indicate that the movement is far from defeated.

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March 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia
The New Oil Darwinism

It’s a geopolitical jungle out there in the oil world right now and only the fittest will survive. The new oil Darwinism is replacing the older thesis that all producers can succeed over time because…

An oil pump jack pumps oil in a field near Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21, 2014

October 5, 2018

Iraq
Global Conflict This Week: New President Elected in Iraq

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Masum and Salih shake hands.