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February 13, 2006

Peacekeeping
A Conversation with Prince Turki al-Faisal

Watch Prince Turki al-Faisal talk about the Saudi-U.S. relationship and about the global security challenges that they both face.

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…

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…

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.

July 5, 2017

Egypt
EgyptTiranSanafirKhaledAli Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

May 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia
BP05302017 Donald in Arabia: What Did We Learn From Trump's Encounter With the Saudi Monarchy?

While Trump's visit to the famously repressive Saudi kingdom was quite a show, U.S. policy looks awfully familiar.

May 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's King Salman poses after receiving an an honorary PhD from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s stability is not under immediate threat, but questions about the Kingdom's fate in longer-term will persist.

May 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia
U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh. U.S.-Saudi Relations

The U.S.-Saudi relationship, long bound by common interests in oil and security, has shown strains over what some analysts see as waning U.S. involvement in the Middle East and a more assertive Saudi…

February 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia
BP02272017 Should the U.S. Maintain its Alliance With Saudi Arabia? Unfortunately, We’re Stuck With Them

Our unhappy marriage with Saudi Arabia will probably endure—because the Saudis can’t be trusted on their own.

February 13, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
BP02132017 Our Man in the Middle East: The Confusing Worldview of Trump Aide Derek Harvey

Col. Derek Harvey has more mainstream views on Islam than Gen. Michael Flynn—but he still has strange baggage.