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13 Dec 2017 description

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Article by Claire Felter

December 13, 2017

The year 2017 was marked by conflict, instability, and humanitarian crises. But there were bright spots as well. CFR editors cite ten areas where progress has been reported.

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03 Mar 2011 description

Updated: March 3, 2011

Author: CFR.org Staff

The protests that led to the ouster of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in mid-January have sparked a wave of uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world. Most notable has been Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11 after thirty years in power. The events--initially spearheaded by youth using social media to coordinate demonstrations and share information--have led to questions about issues ranging from regional stability, and the role of Islamic groups, to the U.S.

25 Feb 2011 description


Interviewee: Rashid I. Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, Columbia University

Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman, Consulting Editor, CFR.org

February 25, 2011

The turmoil in the Arab world, particularly the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, has "excited" most Palestinians, says Rashid Khalidi, co-director of Columbia's Center for Palestine Studies. But the U.S.-led negotiations for a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israel has foundered, which was underscored by the U.S.