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November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

November 29, 2017

United States
Trump speech_9.27.2017 Trump Might Seem Pro-Business … But He Could Do Great Harm to Business

Throughout his first ten months in office, President Trump has portrayed himself not only as a champion for workers—a debatable claim—but also an important friend to American business. He has stacked…

November 15, 2017

Southeast Asia
Trump press conference Vietnam_11.12.2017 Assessing Trump’s Asia Visit: He Put in the Time, But Got Little in Return

During his marathon visit to Asia earlier this month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump at least demonstrated to Asian allies that he is not going to ignore the region. His trip was the longest by a U.S…

December 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Women's March DC Women Around the World: Year in Review

Welcome to a special edition of "Women Around the World: This Week," a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week's post, which highlights 2017's most …

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…

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 …

February 23, 2016

Iran
Salman Rushdie and Nuclear Weapons

What has the author Salman Rushdie to do with nuclear weapons? Consider the article that appeared today in The Guardian. Here are the opening paragraphs:    Forty state-run media outlets in …

July 6, 2017

Trade
Trump Ohio Manufacturing Reuters Steel Trade: How Trump Can Prove He's the Negotiator in Chief

On the eve of his first G-20 summit meeting, President Trump faces one of the most important decisions of his young administration: whether or not to impose tough restrictions on imported steel.  If…

November 17, 2017

Lebanon
King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

June 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia
BinSalmanKSA Saudi Arabia's Untested New Crown Prince: Mohammed Bin Salman Has High Hopes, But Rises to Power at a Dangerous Moment

King Salman's son Mohammed is now the desert kingdom's dominant figure—and the challenges before him are huge.