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October 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The State of Slavery in Mauritania

Tyler Falish is a student in Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development and a former intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. T…

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May 14, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Obama and the Saudis: Too Many Glaring Mistakes

Yesterday President Obama greeted the number two and three officials of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office. Obviously, U.S.-Saudi relations are not in good shape, as we learned from the refusal of Kin…

January 26, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia After King Abdullah

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz raises important questions about the future of the kingdom, including issues that have ripple effects around the world such as regional relati…

A woman drives a car in October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are barred from driving. Saudi female activists are campaigning to change this rule (Courtesy Reuters/Faisal Al Nasser).

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…

March 15, 2012

Saudi Arabia
"Destroy all the Churches"

The Middle East Forum reports that According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy a…

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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…

July 20, 2016

Malaysia
The Impact of the U.S. Justice Department 1MDB Announcement on Malaysian Politics

I could write a six hundred word blog before getting to the point here, but I will get right to it: The 1MDB asset seizure is likely to have minimal impact on Malaysian domestic politics. To recap … …

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April 25, 2016

Egypt
This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is Saudi Land

On April 9, the Egyptian government announced that it was returning the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. The disposition of these two islands has the potential to sow trouble for…

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December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 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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August 25, 2015

Pakistan
Pakistan: You Have One Job

Over the weekend, Pakistan’s national security advisor, Sartaj Aziz, called off planned talks with India’s national security advisor after a series of public disagreements escalated to the point of n…

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