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December 15, 2017

United States
world events 2017 Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

November 10, 2017

United States
Marine Corps Birthday Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 242 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

October 27, 2017

Democratization
A woman carrying her child casts her vote during general elections in the district of Poroy in Cuzco, April 10, 2016. Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

I was recently featured on a panel with Katie Simmons and Ken Wollack, moderated by Bruce Stokes, that discussed global public opinion toward democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and t…

May 22, 2017

Donald Trump
trump 2 President Trump’s Peace Efforts Require A Regional Approach

President Donald Trump’s non-stop flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv is being described as the first ever non-stop flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel. That the Saudis allowed this direct flight, usua…

March 20, 2017

Media
BP03202017 Fake News Has a Long History in the Middle East—and the Lessons for Americans Are Unmistakably Dire

Information has long been falsified and weaponized in Turkey and the Arab world—and we're headed that way fast.

January 14, 2016

Iran
USMC seized by Iran Our New Ally Iran

This photo tells us a great deal about American foreign policy today. Human Rights Watch, not known as a right-wing group, has noted that it appears to violate international agreements prohibiting…

April 29, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
The Saudis Make Some Changes

The Saudi Royal court announced several important decisions yesterday. The most significant are the retirement of Saud Al-Faisal as foreign minister and his replacement by Adel Al-Jubeir, who has bee…

October 26, 2017

Democratization
Play UN Flags Public Perspectives Toward Democracy

Panelists discuss global public opinion towards democracy amid the rise of populists and autocrats, and the implications for the future of democracy and U.S. foreign policy.

December 24, 2013

Egypt
Egypt Ends the Year With Prison Sentences

On December 18, Egyptian security forces raided the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR), a leading think tank.  The timing is extraordinary, because foreign diplomats and human rig…

July 29, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Successor to Prince Saud?

An interesting royal decree from Saudi Arabia this past week suggests who may finally succeed Saud bin Faisal as foreign minister. Saud, son of the late King Faisal (who ruled 1964-1975) has been fo…