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November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

March 1, 2016

Pakistan
Play RTR4WJMO_EC.jpg Sartaj Aziz on Pakistan's Foreign and Security Policy

Sartaj Aziz discusses Pakistan’s role in the security and stability of the region and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s policy priorities for U.S.-Pakistan relations.

October 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
the-state-of-slavery-in-mauritania The State of Slavery in Mauritania

Tyler Falish is a student in Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development and a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. T…

May 14, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Obama and the Saudis: Too Many Glaring Mistakes

Yesterday President Obama greeted the number two and three officials of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office. Obviously, U.S.-Saudi relations are not in good shape, as we learned from the refusal of Kin…

January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser). Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

January 24, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
The al-Saud Do It Again

In 2001 to 2003, after the 9/11 attacks, more and more analysts predicted the demise of the House of al-Saud. I recall classified intelligence analyses saying this, and a good example of the journali…

March 15, 2012

Saudi Arabia
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia "Destroy all the Churches"

The Middle East Forum reports that According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy a…

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…

March 20, 2009

Afghanistan
Six Experts on Negotiating with the Taliban

Reaching out to moderate elements within the Taliban as part of a U.S. war strategy in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been the subject of much debate in Washington. Six experts weigh in on the m…

July 20, 2016

Malaysia
1MDB-seizure The Impact of the U.S. Justice Department 1MDB Announcement on Malaysian Politics

I could write a six hundred word blog before getting to the point here, but I will get right to it: The 1MDB asset seizure is likely to have minimal impact on Malaysian domestic politics. To recap … …