Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi signaled last week that Iraq was ready to begin playing, once again, a significant role in the security and stability of the region.
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The violence in Yemen has worsened. This time Marib and Hodeidah are the site of a pitched battle between government forces and the Iranian-backed Houthis. This comes after a series of meetings in Yemen and elsewhere in the region had raised the possibility of achieving a much-needed ceasefire.
On June 24th, we hosted our 2nd Contributor Dialogue, highlighting recent journal essays offering insight on current events.
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Iranians are due to go to the polls on June 18 to vote for the country’s next president. With the real power in the hands of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, many consider the presidential race an attempt to conceal the country’s democratic deficit.
Visiting Scholar, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe meet, where the three Abrahamic religions were born, and where their holiest places are. It’s where the planet’s hydrocarbon resources are most abundant and accessible, and where the strategic lines of com
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The new US administration announced earlier this month that it would revoke the “terrorist group” designation of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen in an effort to move forward the peace process in the country.
It was understood from the beginning that one of US President Joe Biden’s greatest foreign-policy challenges would be a return to the negotiation table with Iran. Mr.