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April 16, 2018

United Kingdom
Northern Ireland The Northern Ireland Peace Process

The Good Friday Agreement has dampened sectarian tensions and brought stability to Northern Ireland since 1998, but Brexit negotiations and local political paralysis are throwing the region’s hard-wo…

April 4, 2018

Iran
Reuters Why Iran Won't Rush to a Bomb if Trump Pulls Out of the Nuclear Deal

With John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser, the odds have significantly risen that President Trump will abandon his predecessor’s nuclear deal with Iran. But there’s no need for hyst…

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…

March 9, 2018

China
Chinese Catholics attend an Ash Wednesday mass at a state-sanctioned church in Beijing. Christianity in China

Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly, posing challenges for a government that is officially atheist and wary of threats to its power.

January 26, 2018

Olympics
The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea. South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

March 21, 2012

Education
Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice discuss the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security (Kaveh Sardari/www.sardari.com/) CFR’s Education Task Force: A Stark Warning and the Challenge Ahead

Education, perhaps more than any other issue, captures the worries over the precarious U.S. competitive position in the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the United States became the world’s m…

December 14, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Abbas and Jerusalem

The reaction to President Trump's decision on Jerusalem has varied widely in the Arab world. For example, the Saudi reaction has been moderate. It is well described by Rob Satloff in a report on his …

November 28, 2017

Economics
G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

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.

November 1, 2017

North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend the bilateral meeting at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. A Grand Bargain for the Long Game on the Korean Peninsula

Patricia Kim is the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Despite President Trump’s threats to destroy North Korea if necessary, and recent steps by Beijing to reduc…