In The News

Jen Easterly and Joshua A. Geltzer May 25, 2017
A suicide bomber attacked after a pop concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 and injuring 60. The Ariana Grande concert was largely attended by young girls and women. The attacker, Salman Abedi, 22, was born to Libyan parents in England, and the Islamic State claimed credit for inspiring the attack. Analysts warn of more random attacks as the war in Syria shrinks ISIS territory, fighters...
Hari Kumar and Ellen Barry May 24, 2017
Indian soldiers based along the de facto border with Pakistan, in Kashmir, report grisly murders of their fellow soldiers, including beheadings and mutilations. Tensions run high along the border area known as the Line of control. Some accuse the government of an inadequate response, including resistance to returning victims’ remains – possibly an effort not to publicize the brutalities. Families...
Ishaan Tharoor May 21, 2017
When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with US President Donald Trump at the White House, tensions were high, with daily news about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey who had been leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. It was Erdogan’s first visit to the United States since a failed coup against him in July 2016, and it was the...
Parisa Hafezi and Babak Dehghanpisheh May 20, 2017
Iranian voters have demonstrated patience, rejecting a populist hardliner and reelecting President Hassan Rouhani who has taken incremental steps to integrate Iran with the world. The pragmatist won 57 percent of the vote, a decisive win despite analysts’ predictions that the vote could be close. “Although the powers of the elected president are limited by those of unelected Supreme Leader...
Andrew England, Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Monavar Khalaj May 18, 2017
Foreign policy unites an otherwise divided Iranian electorate. Voters expect security and maintain that requires close ties and even interventions in neighboring states. “Iran’s Quds Force, the wing of the elite Revolutionary Guards responsible for operations abroad, is providing crucial support to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s six-year war and is active in Iraq, Afghanistan...
Tulay Karadeniz and Tuvan Gumrukcu May 11, 2017
The US will supply arms to Kurdish forces to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State in Syria. “Turkey warned the United States on Wednesday that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists,” report Tulay Karadeniz and Tuvan Gumrukcu for Reuters. Both Turkey and the US are members of the North...
Ruth Eglash May 10, 2017
In the West Bank, a group of religious Jews who were forced to leave their homes in Amona, an illegal Israeli settlement, have been waiting months for the Netanyahu government to construct a long-awaited settlement that may never come. After the Israeli Army removed these settlers from their homes, Netanyahu promised to build a new “legal” home – although the international community views all...

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