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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…

February 5, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Play Iranian-Kurdish female fighters U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy: Next Steps for the State Department

Ambassador Nathan A. Sales discusses U.S. counterterrorism initiatives and developments to the UN Security Council Resolution on Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

November 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia
The Saudis and Israel--Again

There have been many signs that Saudi official attitudes toward Israel are changing, and today brought one of the strongest. As a headline in the Jerusalem Post put it, "In Possible Nod to Israel, Tw…

June 12, 2017

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017. Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

May 11, 2017

Europe and Eurasia
Play RTX32HW5_EC.jpg From Tragedy to Prevention: Lessons Learned From Terrorist Attacks

Experts discuss recent terrorist attacks that have unsettled cities in Europe, and lessons to be learned to prevent future attacks around the world.

January 12, 2017

Play RTR30SI2_EC.jpg What to Worry About in 2017

Experts discuss the global political implications of potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2017.

July 1, 2016

United States
WR07012016 Fourth of July 2016 Reading

What Team Cook is reading over the Fourth of July weekend.

April 20, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
BH Gauge Taking the Temperature of Nigeria’s Boko Haram

The Nigeria security services regularly announce successes against Boko Haram. Earlier in April, they announced the arrest of Khalid al-Barnawi, a leader of Ansaru—a Boko Haram splinter—and have clai…