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March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia' oil minister and chairman of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih arrives as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meets Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street in London, March 7, 2018. IPO Politics and the Saudi U.S. Visit

This post is co-written by Jareer Elass, an energy analyst who has covered the Gulf and OPEC for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to the Arab Weekly. This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bi…

January 10, 2018

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Mnangagwa-Mzembi-Mugabe-Grace Mnangagwa Tightens the Screws in Zimbabwe

In the short term, Mnangagwa’s strategy of economic liberalization while maintaining Mugabe’s illiberal political system (despite some new faces at the top) is likely to succeed.

December 22, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Ignatius-Chombo-Mugabe-Mnangagwa Sweet Deal for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe as Allies Face Jail or Exile

Robert Mugabe receives immunity for himself, a $10 million exit package, and protection for his wife Grace as his former allies face jail time as President Mnangagwa cracks down on the "criminals" that were allegedly behind his removal as vice president.

November 15, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-Harare-Military-Coup-Mugabe-Mnungagwa Military Coup in Zimbabwe Remains Bloodless

The military seems to be firmly in control of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harrare, after what appears to have been a military coup. President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, remain safe at home.

February 13, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
BP02132017 Our Man in the Middle East: The Confusing Worldview of Trump Aide Derek Harvey

Col. Derek Harvey has more mainstream views on Islam than Gen. Michael Flynn—but he still has strange baggage.

June 21, 2013

Iran
Can Iran Be Stopped?

Over the last two years many of those--including me--who urged American intervention in Syria have been called various names: neocons, dangerous idealists, adventurers, fools who were forgetting the …

March 29, 2012

United States
Abandoning Syria

With 9,000 Syrians dead and the Assad regime increasingly isolated and under political, moral, military assault, it appears that the Obama Administration has made its choice: it is abandoning efforts…

October 22, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Obama and Libya: Hold the Triumphalism, Please

After the death of Muammar al Gaddafi, Administration spokesmen and those journalists who pretty much take dictation from them have been triumphant. This was, they have said, final proof of the exqui…

June 23, 2016

Iran
Play RTR2XM4A_EC_1.jpg An Assessment of the Iran Agreement One Year Later: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons

Senator Chris Coons offers his assessment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

June 29, 2016

United States
Play RTX1TG3P_EC.jpg John Brennan on Transnational Threats to Global Security

John O. Brennan discusses instability and transnational threats to global security.