Report: Getting a Grip on Central Sahel’s Gold Rush

By International Crisis Group What’s new? In Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, a gold boom is attracting the attention of diverse armed groups. Security forces are struggling to control gold mining zones in regions that the state has neglected or… Continue Reading  

Russia’s Middle East Resurgence Isn’t Just About the Money

By Samuel Ramani and Theodore Karasik Russian foreign policy had a Great October. Last month, Russia brokered a safe zone agreement with Turkey in northern Syria, watched its President Vladimir Putin be feted as a global statesman in Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading  

Operation Peace Spring Is Europe’s Problem Too

By Tristan Ober Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, which Ankara launched on October 9, appears to have come to a halt. Compared to Russia’s role in resolving the crisis, involvement of the United States is far less prominent, underscoring the extent… Continue Reading  

How to Make American Foreign Policy Yours

By Ryan Summers and Ben Freeman Foreign influence in America is the topic du jour. From the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s request that a foreign power investigate a political opponent to the indictment of associates of his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani,… Continue Reading  

Tehran, It’s Time to Listen and Take A Realistic View Of The Protests In Iraq

By Neda Bolourchi More than a month after protestors first took to the streets across Iraq, Adil Abdul Mahdi surprisingly remains the country’s prime minister. In what has been a movement against high unemployment, poor basic services, and state corruption,… Continue Reading