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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.

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.

January 9, 2018

Somalia
Al-Shabab in Somalia Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

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…

December 29, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and African Union Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat attend a media conference on the G5 Sahel. G5 Sahel: An African (and French) Solution to an African Problem

The coalition may be an example of that elusive goal: an African solution to an African problem. It was created by five different governments that appear committed to meeting the challenges of military cooperation and coordination.

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 …

December 1, 2017

Political History and Theory
British soldiers marking the anniversary of the armistice that ended WW1. Ten Historical Anniversaries of Note in 2018

Anniversaries mark the passage of time, recall our triumphs, and honor our losses. Two thousand seventeen witnessed many significant historically anniversaries: the centennial of the U.S. entry into …

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…

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.