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Will Shia Divisions Hamstring Iraq?

August 29, 2014 - 11:07am

Haider al-Abadi has unified the country's Shias, but may struggle to keep their support as he forms a new government and attempts to redress Sunni grievances, says expert Mohamad Bazzi.

NATO's Brave New World

August 28, 2014 - 11:45am

With crises brewing in Ukraine and the Middle East, the transatlantic alliance must develop new capabilities to address the rising threat of unconventional warfare, says CFR's Janine Davidson.

A Moment of Truth for Europe's Foreign Policy

August 26, 2014 - 1:07pm

The upcoming decision on a new foreign policy chief offers the EU a chance to mount a vigorous response to the threats posed by conflicts in Ukraine and the Mideast, says expert Sir Michael Leigh.

Can Iraq Save Itself?

August 20, 2014 - 3:40pm

As prime minister, Haider al-Abadi could lead Iraq in a positive direction, but long-term stability in the war-torn country will require political concessions from all factions, explains expert Ned Parker.

How Washington Can Bolster Iraq

August 13, 2014 - 9:57am

The events in Iraq affect core U.S. interests, and Washington should be prepared to help both battle jihadist forces and press for political reforms over the long run, says CFR's David Palkki.

Erdogan's Grip on Turkey

August 7, 2014 - 12:37pm

Turkey's first-ever presidential election is expected to elevate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to head of state. The current premier, who faces a divided populace and regional conflicts, is likely to bring executive authority to a largely ceremonial post, says expert Henri Barkey.