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Fears of a Nuclear-Armed Iran Might Be Overblown

In the News
World Politics Review
Paul Poast

Reports that Iran is nearing the point of capably developing a nuclear weapon are causing alarm, but they are still a ways away from building a bomb.

Nuclear power plant cooling towers in the Kurdistan region of Iran.
iStock
Defense and Security

The Spiraling Global Food Crisis and Russia's War

Podcast
Deep Dish Podcast

How has Russia's invasion of Ukraine upended the global food system? Food security experts Ertharin Cousin and Teresa Welsh discuss.

Ukrainian farmer, wearing body armour and helmet, works at the topsoil in a field, amid Russia's invasion of Ukrain
REUTERS
Food and Agriculture

A Diplomat in South Sudan

In the News
CSIS
Elizabeth Shackelford

Elizabeth Shackleford joins CSIS to look at her role in extending the United Nation’s patrol and protection of women against South Sudanese security forces.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir at a press conference on March 28, 2022.
Reuters
Women and Girls

When It Comes to Turkey, NATO Needs to Consider Divorce

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

After Turkey's recent threat to block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland, is it time for NATO to reevaluate their relationship?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands at a podium.
Reuters
Global Politics

In Somalia, Business as Usual Is Bad for US Interests

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

“America’s Somalia policy is obsessed with containing al-Shabab […] in the name of security,” writes Elizabeth Shackelford in the Chicago Tribune.

Reuters
Defense and Security

US Public Views Saudi Relationship as One of Necessity

BLOG
Running Numbers by Emily Sullivan

While government officials reaffirm the importance of the US-Saudi relationship, the American public expresses generally chilly feelings towards Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reuters
Public Opinion

It's Time to Leave Saudi Arabia to the Wolves

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

"Even if you thought the trade-off of supporting the repressive state was once worthwhile, it’s hard to make the case today," Elizabeth Shackelford writes.

Defense show in Saudi Arabia
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

Meetings with Makis Provatas

In the News
Athens Voice
Endy Zemenides

Nonresident Fellow and Emerging Leader alumnus Endy Zemenides shares his perspective on global cities and Cyprian independence with Makis Provatas.

View of a harbor and skyline in Cyprus in 2014.
Neuwieser
Global Cities

China's Role in Russia-Ukraine Diplomacy

In the News
WBEZ Reset
Cécile Shea

Nonresident Senior Fellow Cécile Shea unpacks China’s table stakes in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and more on WBEZ’s Reset.

Presidents Xi Jinping and Putin standing in front of flags
Reuters
Defense and Security

Public Opinion on Civilian Casualties in the War on Terror

BLOG
Running Numbers by Kyle Lynaugh

Data suggest that Americans accept some foreign civilian casualties as a necessary cost to counterterrorism, but Republicans and Democrats differ on willingness to use lethal force.

REUTERS
REUTERS
Public Opinion