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November 30, 2022

Economics
The New Geopolitics of Global Finance

The global balance of payments only adds up if the G-7's geopolitical rivals are also its bankers.

The New Geopolitics of Global Finance

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

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.

BinSalmanKSA

February 23, 2016

Iran
Salman Rushdie and Nuclear Weapons

What has the author Salman Rushdie to do with nuclear weapons? Consider the article that appeared today in The Guardian. Here are the opening paragraphs:    Forty state-run media outlets in …

September 14, 2012

United States
Egypt: Mohammed, KFC, and US

I have been traveling most of this week, watching events in the Middle East unfold from the American heartland.  The reaction among many of the people there was a mix of shock, anxiety, and fear.  Th…

EgyptMohammedKFCandUS

May 5, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Osama Bin Laden and Africa

A member of the All India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) gestures in front of a portrait of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during a pro-U.S. rally as the group celebrates bin Laden's killing, in N…

Osama Bin Laden and Africa

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…

December 5, 2012

Egypt
The Zionist Plot of Amr Moussa and Mohammed El Baradei

Those who wish to remain optimistic about political developments in Egypt must today contend with a most ridiculous yet still serious development. The new Prosecutor General, Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah…