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  • Pakistan and the Crises in Afghanistan and Kashmir

    South Asia faces a number of serious crises that could have profound consequences for the region and the United States. Pakistan is a key player with a relatively new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, who has yet to meet Donald Trump. The U.S. President says he wants “a great relationship” with Pakistan. However, absent close cooperation

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  • U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

    For the past 18 years the United States has been embroiled in a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan that has taken the lives of over 100,000 people. In December 2018, President Trump announced plans for a withdrawal of about 7,000 troops from the country, sparking debate on the effects such a move would have on

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  • Algeria’s Role in Combating Regional Terrorism: A Discussion with Ambassador Madjid Bouguerra

    On Tuesday February 12, the Center for the National Interest hosted a panel discussion with H.E. Madjid Bouguerra, Ambassador of Algeria to the United States. The discussion focused on terrorism in the region and Algeria’s role in combating it. A neighbor to Libya and to Mali, each of which has struggled with insurgencies and terrorism

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  • Libya: Security, Politics, and Economics

    On February 8, the Center for the National Interest held a discussion on Libya’s security situation, prospects for political reconciliation, and economic outlook. The discussion featured H.E. Khaled al-Meshri, who was elected President of the High Council of State of Libya on April 3, 2018. Since his election, Mr. al-Meshri has focused on ending his

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  • Stormy Relations between the White House and the Intelligence Community

    Intelligence Community (IC) leaders presented their annual Worldwide Threat Assessment to the United States Senate in an open hearing last week, which included judgments on Iran, North Korea, and Syria that contrasted with White House policy preferences. In response, President Trump tweeted that the IC is “naïve” and needs to “go back to school.” How

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