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August 20, 2012

Defense and Security
Armed Drones and the Hunt for bin Laden

Today is the fourteenth anniversary of the best chance the United States had to kill Osama bin Laden before he led al-Qaeda to plan and carry out the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition to failing…

Nairobi bombing

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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June 7, 2019

China
Is OPEC China's Problem?

The decision by the United States to wind down waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iranian oil exports has laid bare some new realities about oil geopolitics that were previously not well understood. O…

A crude oil tanker is seen at Qingdao Port, Shandong province, China, April 21, 2019. Picture taken April 21, 2019.

August 2, 2011

United States
Osama Bin Laden: What Did Pakistan Know?

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and U.S. President Barack Obama (bottom L) in Karachi May 9, 2011 (Athar Hussain/Courtesy Reut…

A newspaper stand displays magazines and posters bearing the pictures of al Qaeda leader bin Laden and U.S. President Obama in Karachi

May 3, 2011

Politics and Government
Bin Laden’s Death Raises Obama’s Approval Ratings

People cheer outside the White House on May 1 , 2011 after learning of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Yesterday I noted that Osama bin Laden’s death shoul…

People cheer outside the White House on May 1 , 2011 after learning of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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.

Mohammed bin Salman

May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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May 2, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Bin Laden, Obama, and the Arab Spring

The spectacular news of Osama bin Laden’s killing by U.S. forces could not have come at a better time. Al-Qaeda’s message that violence, terrorism, and extremism are the only answer for Arabs seeking…

March 7, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
International Women's Day: Pushing for Parity in Power

International Women’s Day affords an opportunity to reflect on the victories and ongoing struggles faced by women around the world. This year, there is much to celebrate—particularly in the realm of …

Afghan women line up at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul, Afghanistan October 20, 2018.