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Islamic State’s South Asia Pivot: Rhetoric or Reality?

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ISIS has been trumpeting its growing presence in South Asia after the fall of its Middle East ‘caliphate.’ But is this just a case of empty propaganda?

Iran Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment

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Tehran has followed through on earlier threats to increase uranium enrichment, according to IAEA head Yukiya Amano.

Sudan Military Clamps Down on Protestors

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Sudan’s military leaders have swapped words for bullets in their ongoing effort to remain at the apex of Sudanese politics.

Why Civilian Rule in Sudan Should Be the Next US Foreign Policy Objective

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Opportunities like this don’t come often; the Trump administration would be remiss not to seize upon it.

Haftar Offensive Grinds to a Halt in Tripoli Outskirts

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General Haftar’s forces are stalled in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, and despite impressive early gains for the LNA on the battlefield, the long game favors the UN-recognized GNA in Tripoli owing to economic factors.

US-Iran Tensions: Saudi Sabotage Rattles Oil Markets

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Two instances of sabotage on Saudi oil infrastructure suggest the possibility of Iranian blowback from mounting tensions with the United States.

Backgrounder: The Battle of Tripoli (2019)

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Tired of a fractured and divided Libya, some foreign backers are throwing their support against the one candidate who they believe can unite the country. Yet General Haftar might have overplayed his hand in the LNA’s ongoing assault on Tripoli.

Trump’s Iran Policy: Everything Old is New Again

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Trump hawkish turn away from the Obama-era balanced approach toward Iranian relations is reminiscent of George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

Israel Election Recap

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What’s next after Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest victory?

Sudan’s Brief Moment of Freedom

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In Omar al-Bashir’s removal, Sudan’s protestors may have won the battle. But can they win the war?

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