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September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

June 27, 2018

Mexico
Is Political Change Coming to Mexico?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will likely become Mexico’s next president at a time of mounting concern over corruption and violence, but his reform plans are hazy.

Alan Ortega/Reuters

June 19, 2018

Taiwan
Is Washington Boosting Ties With Taiwan?

The opening of a new U.S. diplomatic compound in Taipei doesn’t mark a major change in ties, but the Trump administration has taken new approaches to dealing with China over Taiwan.

Representatives of Taiwan and the United States place items in a time capsule at the dedication ceremony of the new American Institute in Taiwan complex in Taipei.

April 15, 2018

Syria
Legal Questions Loom Over Syria Strikes

In striking Syria without an international law justification, the United States leaves itself open to criticism and may invite similar behavior by other countries.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and UK Ambassador Karen Pierce vote against a Russian resolution condemning “aggression” against Syria during an emergency UN Security Council meeting.

April 13, 2018

Syrian Civil War
What Are U.S. Military Options in Syria?

Military threats to deter chemical attacks have so far failed to restrain the Syrian regime, and they risk escalating the horrific conflict even further.

A girl evacuated from the Damascus suburb of Douma arrives in northern Syria.

March 15, 2018

Russia
Are Cold War Spy-Craft Norms Fading?

The poisoning of former double agent Sergei V. Skripal in the UK indicates that Russia may have abandoned some unspoken rules of espionage. CIA veteran Jack Devine examines the history and current state of spy-craft.

UK Skripal Poisoning Crime Scene

December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House.

November 6, 2017

Niger
Will the Niger Attack Shift U.S. Policy in West Africa?

An attack on Green Berets in southwest Niger has reignited a debate over U.S. policy in the region that stretches back decades.

Airmen unload a C-130J Super Hercules during a deployment at Agadez, Niger.

October 31, 2014

United States
Foreign Policy and a New Congress

U.S. midterm elections occur amid deep political divisions in Congress that are blocking policy reforms. CFR’s James M. Lindsay examines the foreign policy choices facing lawmakers.