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June 12, 2018

Palestinian Territories
Prince William (and the Foreign Office) in Jerusalem

I’ve written many times about the British royal family’s remarkable record of refusing to make an official visit to Israel while making scores of visits to Arab capitals. That will change in a matter…

June 1, 2018

India
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su A Few Thoughts on Narendra Modi’s Shangri-La Dialogue Speech

Earlier today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Shangri-La Dialogue. Given India’s limited participation in recen…

May 29, 2018

Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York on September 19, 2016. Is Canada Back? Trudeau’s Peacekeeping Promises Are Not Enough

Trudeau’s pledged UN peacekeeping contributions are an important step toward fulfilling his foreign policy promises, but if he is serious about renewing Canada’s leadership in peacekeeping, it is not…

May 4, 2018

Digital Policy
Telegram Cyber Week in Review: May 4, 2018

This week: encrypted messenger problems in the Middle East, domain name seizures, and a subversive cartoon pig gets banned from the Chinese internet. 

April 25, 2018

Cuba
Tightening the Screws on Cuba

Several weeks ago I wrote an "Expert Brief" for the Council on Foreign Relations titled "Time to Tighten the Screws on Cuba?" There I argued that the one-sided and unfortunate concessions the Obama a…

April 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia
The masthead of U.S. President Donald Trump's @realDonaldTrump Twitter account with a message about OPEC policy is seen on April 20, 2018. Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Reading the Tea Leaves of the Trump Tweet on OPEC

During his visit to the United States, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inopportunely noted in an interview with Reuters news service that Saudi Arabia was “working on moving from a model agree…

April 18, 2018

Technology and Innovation
Robotic arms assemble Tesla Model S sedans at the company's factory in Fremont, California. Democrats Can Campaign on Technology for Edge in 2020

America-first rhetoric omits two important causes of middle America's economic woes: technology and automation. Democrats could use this to their advantage in the 2020 presidential election.  

January 6, 2012

Iran
The Pariah Tour

Iranian President Ahmadinejad leaves Sunday on a tour of Latin America “in an apparent effort to show he is not a universal pariah despite increasing tension between Tehran and the West.” But the tou…

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 14, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Kenyatta-Odinga-Reconciliation-NASA-Jubilee Pulling Kenya Back From the Brink

Odinga has called off his defiance campaign against the Kenyatta government, while Kenyatta apparently is allowing Odinga to continue to use the title “people’s president." The official document released detailing the pact refers to both as “his excellency.”