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Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

With President Obama planning to speak at the U.S. State Department Conference on Global Leadership (GLACIER) in Anchorage, and Arctic foreign ministers and key non-Arctic representatives planning to attend, it appears that America’s top leadership is moving Arctic issues to a place of greater prominence in American foreign policy.

U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy,  a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Haleh Esfandiari, Director Emerita, Middle East Program
Michael Scott Moore, Author, Freelance Journalist, Spiegel Online and Former Captive of Somali Pirates

Why Now, Afghanistan?

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains.

Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?

Specifically, why would Kabul jeopardize a peace process that it desperately wants to succeed and that has only recently gained steam?

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: The View from the Region

Four experts assessed the state of the current deal between Iran and the P5+1, particularly its implications and consequences of this accord for the region. 

What’s Behind Turkey’s U-Turn on the Islamic State?

After years of disagreement, the United States and Turkey are preparing to fight together in Syria. In a major turnabout last week, the Turkish government announced that it would open its southern air bases to the U.S. Air Force in the war against the Islamic State (IS). The Turkish Air Force has also begun attacking IS targets, launching an attack on Friday that struck three of the group’s positions inside Syria.

Turkey's New Role in the Fight Against ISIS: Game Changer?

Turkey has finally acceded to America’s request that it open up its southern airbases to U.S. aircraft combatting the Islamic State. The decision has been seen as a major breakthrough in the fight against ISIS and has been accompanied by a Turkish announcement that it too would actively join the anti-ISIS coalition. However, the situation has been complicated by Turkey’s simultaneous decision to also attack the Turkish-Kurdish insurgent group, the PKK, with which it had been engaged in peace talks.

Why Afghanistan is a Big Winner in the U.S.-Iran Deal

In the days since the United States and Iran concluded their landmark nuclear accord, much has been said about the deal’s geopolitical implications.

Teleconference: Obama in Africa

On Friday, July 24, President Obama arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on his first visit as president to his father’s home country. Arriving amidst jubilation and optimism ahead of the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, President Obama has controversially addressed issues of economic transformation, governance, security, corruption and human rights. Analysts and observers on the ground assess the impact of President Obama's visit and the next steps for East Africa.