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November 17, 2017

Lebanon
Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh.

April 30, 2020

China
Assessing the Early Response to Beijing’s Pandemic Diplomacy

Responses to China’s post-COVID overtures are largely falling along pre-existing political fault lines.

Wang Yi speaks during a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

March 16, 2020

Southeast Asia
Has Malaysia’s Democratic Experiment Imploded?

In recent weeks, Malaysian politics have been upended by a series of dramatic moves, countermoves, and reversals. Less than two years after the landmark May 2018 election that ousted Malaysia’s long-…

Malaysia's Prime Minister Designate and former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to reporters before his inauguration as the eighth prime minister, outside his residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 1, 2020.

February 14, 2008

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Bazzi: Who Killed Imad Mugniyah?

Mohamad Bazzi, former Middle East correspondent for Newsday, says evidence suggests Israel’s intelligence agents as the most likely source of the bomb that killed Hezbollah terrorist chief Imad Mugni…

February 19, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
The Arab League

Founded as a loose confederation of states in 1945, the Arab League has struggled to overcome dysfunction and disunity among its members.

Flag of Arab League member states accompany the league's seal

April 18, 2011

Syria
Gathering Clouds for Syria’s Assad

Syria’s Ba’athist regime has responded to widening pro-reform protests by tightening its crackdown, but this approach is unlikely to quiet restive Syrians like it has in the past, writes CFR’s Mohama…

September 10, 2009

Media
Lessons Learned From Covering Iraq

As part of the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship 60th Anniversary initiative current and former fellows discuss the stories that have had the most impact and present ideas for sustaining serious inte…

February 12, 2020

China
Huawei: China’s Controversial Tech Giant

The Chinese telecommunications company faces accusations that Beijing could use its 5G infrastructure for cyber espionage. The outcome of the struggle could shape the world’s tech landscape for years…

A woman in business clothing walks in front of a large screen that displays the red Huawei logo.

January 28, 2020

China
China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

China’s colossal infrastructure investments may usher in a new era of trade and growth for economies in Asia and beyond. But skeptics worry that China is laying a debt trap for borrowing governments…

Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

May 4, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Siniora: U.S. Must Capitalize on bin Laden Killing to Address Mideast Issues

Fuad Siniora, former prime minister of Lebanon, discusses the implications of Osama bin Laden’s death for the Middle East, the Hamas-Fatah agreement, and the U.S. role in supporting the Arab Spring w…