Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

The New Saudi Foreign Policy

Author: Ray Takeyh

Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen marks a more assertive foreign policy that is less inclined to rely on the United States and could intensify the sectarian rift with Iran across the region, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

See more in Saudi Arabia; Grand Strategy

How Washington Can Bolster Iraq

Author: David Palkki

The events in Iraq affect core U.S. interests, and Washington should be prepared to help both battle jihadist forces and press for political reforms over the long run, says CFR's David Palkki.

See more in Iraq; Defense and Security

Egypt’s Fateful Verdict

Author: Ed Husain

The Egyptian government's widening crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members, including a surge in death sentences, threatens to radicalize a new generation of Egyptians and spawn jihadist violence, writes CFR's Ed Husain.

See more in Egypt; Politics and Strategy; Terrorism