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February 23, 2015

Turkey
Sultanism or Not Sultanism or Not? Debating Turkish Politics

Erik Tillman from DePaul University responded to my recent piece on Politico.com. It is well worth a read. Recent events have spawned a number of articles analyzing Turkey’s current political situat…

October 23, 2011

Saudi Arabia
Guest Post: The Demise of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Guest Post: The Demise of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan

  Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Sultan (Fahad Shadeed/Courtesy Reuters) My good friend and guest blogger Rachel Bronson weighs in on Saudi Crown Prince Sultan’s death and Saudi succession.  Although t…

May 9, 2017

Democratization
Trump 100 Days The Season of the Strongman?

Over the past six months, global attention has focused almost exclusively on a handful of controversial leaders, in major Western countries, who run (and win) offices through democratic means, but of…

April 17, 2017

Turkey
BP04172017 RIP Turkey, 1921–2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum—he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history.

March 16, 2017

Nigeria
Buhari Returns President Buhari Returns to Office

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from medical leave in the United Kingdom on March 10. In his absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo served as the acting president for the fifty…

November 22, 2014

Saudi Arabia
WR11222014 Weekend Reading: After Sultan Qaboos, Bahrain Goes To The Polls, and Saudi Arabia’s Elites

Georgia Travers considers the implications of rumors about Sultan Qaboos’ health on Omani political society. Faten Bushehri assesses the state of Bahrain on the eve of its parliamentary elections. …

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 14, 2018

Religion
Podcast REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun Engaging Religious Communities in Countering Violent Extremism

Tarek Elgawhary, Susan Hayward, Humera Khan, and Peter Mandaville discuss engaging religious communities in countering violent extremism.

December 5, 2017

United States
Play The Status of Women in the Economy The Status of Women in the Economy

The connection between women’s economic empowerment has been proven to be critical to economic growth and stability, but the share of women in the labor force has stagnated for two decades and signif…

December 21, 2015

United States
Kerry’s Severe Damage to American Human Rights Policy

A story revealed by Reuters describes the severe damage Secretary of State Kerry has now done to U.S. human rights policy. Here is the gist of the story: As the United States negotiated this year’s…