Displaced people are occupying an increasingly central role on the world stage. Conflict and persecution have led to the highest number of refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers ever recorded. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of refugees are trapped in protracted exile, lasting five years or longer.

Oct 25, 2016
Gizem Sucuoglu
Middle East, Syria

As the displacement of Syrians and other refugees in Turkey becomes increasingly protracted with no quick solution to the conflict in Syria in sight, overstretching the resources and capacities for the refugee response to its limits, formulating strategies and solutions to address the medium to long-term needs of refugees and host communities becomes increasingly vital. 

May 22, 2016
Gizem Sucuoglu
Middle East, Syria

Our history of failure in the Middle East goes all the way back to Eisenhower. James Traub on “Ike’s Gamble” by Michael Doran.

Oct 10, 2016
James Traub
Middle East, United States

Is it right to blame the president for the rise of the Islamic State? Well, it’s not wrong

Oct 10, 2016
James Traub
Middle East, United States

Donald Trump repeated an eyebrow-raising idea this week that the United States should have kept Iraq’s oil after ousting Saddam Hussein.

"I’ve always said -- shouldn’t be there, but if we’re going to get out, take the oil," Trump told moderator Matt Lauer at NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on Sept. 7, 2016. "If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil."

Sep 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin
Middle East, United States

Barnett Rubin is of the opinion that the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), meets the “the national interest” of Iran and the United states.

Aug 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
Middle East, United States

President Obama has announced that the U.S, will maintain 8,400 troops in Afghanistan until the end of his term. The international military presence does not only affect the balance of forces between the government and the Taliban insurgency based in Pakistan.

Aug 09, 2016
Barnett Rubin, Georgette Gagnon
Middle East, Afghanistan

Donald Trump’s recent comments on America’s alliances, coinciding with the Republican convention last week, have further raised the anxiety levels of US allies about Washington’s global role after the US presidential election.

Jul 27, 2016
Elsina Wainwright

World events of the past decade have put the international refugee system under great stress. The challenges include a dramatic increase in the number of forced migrants, a significant shortfall in needed funding, and inadequate international burden-sharing.

Jul 25, 2016
Sarah Cliffe, T. Alexander Aleinikoff
Europe, Middle East

The United States has something important to teach Europe about the migration crisis. Right now, though, Europe isn’t listening.

Jun 22, 2016
James Traub
Europe, Middle East

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