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October 25, 2018

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q3 2018

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between July and September 2018.

Cyber ops tracker

September 24, 2018

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched high-level debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. The seventy-third session will likely be dominated by is…

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March 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia
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…

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.

June 1, 2005

Saudi Arabia
Rachel Bronson on President Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz - The Meeting at Great Bitter Lake

Sixty years ago Allied forces were closing in on Nazi Germany and victory in Europe was just months away. For a week in early February, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met Winston Churchill …

July 5, 2017

Egypt
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.

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June 12, 2017

Qatar
Untangling the Qatar Kerfuffle

Sure, the tiny gulf state is a lousy ally — but so is everyone else in the region. 

A Palestinian man holds a Qatari flag during a rally in support of Qatar, inside Qatari-funded construction project 'Hamad City', in the southern Gaza Strip June 9, 2017.

May 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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.

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May 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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…

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

May 9, 2017

Global
International Cooperation in 2016 Deserves a Low Grade, Say Global Think Tank Leaders

The third annual Report Card on International Cooperation sharply downgraded its assessment of efforts to mitigate the world’s most vexing problems in 2016 to a C-, falling from a B grade in 2015. …

CoC Report Card

February 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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.

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