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September 9, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Oil Vision and the Oil Price Cycle

Saudi Arabia’s oil industry is on the move with strategic changes in leadership, investments, and a broadening of its global businesses. The moves, which include larger investments in refining and pe…

Saudi Arabia's new Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman takes a tour at the exhibition during the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.

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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