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January 22, 2012

United States
Mr. Saleh Comes to Visit

The Obama Administration has decided to admit Yemen’s President Saleh to the United States for medical care. It is a controversial decision both in Yemen and here in the United States. As the Washing…

October 3, 2018

Yemen
America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 27, 2018.  Until the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000, for U.S. policymakers, Yemen was a place of khat chews, faux touris…

Abdullah al-Khawlani sits by his son Waleed's grave, who was killed by last month's Saudi-led air strike that killed dozens, including children in Saada, Yemen September 4, 2018. His other son, Hafidh, who survived the strike, sits next to him.

April 25, 2018

Yemen
Five Questions on the Yemen Peace Process

The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancem…

Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman smiles during a news conference as part of the Nobel Women's Initiative, in Honduras, October 24, 2017.

September 23, 2011

Yemen
Weekend Reading: Saleh Comes Home, Palestine Is Born?, and Redistricting in Lebanon

  Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Saleh in Sanaa (Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi/Courtesy Reuters) Gregory Johnson on Saleh’s ret…

Weekend Reading: Saleh Comes Home, Palestine Is Born?, and Redistricting in Lebanon

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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June 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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.

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November 14, 2016

Egypt
Egypt’s Economic Reform: The Good and the Bad

Tough economic times are likely to be Egypt’s reality for a while, despite the announcement that Egypt and the International Monetary Fund have agreed to a much-needed $12 billion loan.

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May 25, 2015

Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

In September 2013 the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas Sy…

February 29, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama Establishes Trade Enforcement Agency

The Obama administration signed an executive order creating a new agency to monitor and protect U.S. interests in international trade. The newly-minted Interagency Trade Enforcement Center will be ho…

A cargo ship cruises as the sun sets at Ala Moana beach ahead of the APEC meeting in Honolulu

April 14, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Amir’s TV Station

Qatar's Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010. (Louafi Larbi/Courtesy Reuters) The president’s meeting today with the Amir of Qatar offers a timely opportunity to take sto…

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on December 2, 2010.