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Russia’s Growing Interests in Libya

Anna Borshchevskaya

As in other conflict zones, Moscow cares little about reaching a peace deal so long as it can outmaneuver the West strategically while securing port and energy access—with private contractors playing an increasingly important role.


The New Status Quo in Northeast Syria: Humanitarian and Security Implications

Gonul Tol, Wladimir van Wilgenburg, and Dana Stroul

The slimmed-down U.S. presence in northeastern Syria has produced a greater role for Russia and the Assad regime and a more circumscribed role for America's Kurdish-led partners. Watch as three leading experts as assess the new balance of power and its effects on counterterrorism, humanitarian conditions, governance, and the political and military stature of the various parties in the conflict.


Iraq Needs a New Prime Minister

Haitham Numan

Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation is not the ultimate end to the crisis, nor does his departure adequately address the protesters’ demands. And with the recent escalation in Iraq between Iran and the United States, the importance of leadership in Iraq has only become more clear.

In Focus: Preparing for Sudden Succession

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Sudan: The End Comes for Bashir Sudden Succession Essay Series

Alberto Fernandez

The Washington Institute has recently been sponsoring a series of discussions about sudden succession in the Middle East. Each session focuses on scenarios that might unfold if a specific ruler or leader departed the scene tomorrow. Questions include these: Would the sudden change lead to different policies? Would it affect...