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November 14, 2018

Oman
Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on November 7, 2018. A little more than a week ago, the drumbeat of news concerning Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was briefly inte…

Oman's leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said attends the opening of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Doha December 3, 2007. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR)

December 3, 2015

Egypt
What the Jailing of Ismail Alexandrani Tells Us About Egypt

Ismail Alexandrani is an Egyptian journalist who was detained when he returned to Egypt recently, and that detention has now been extended for at least another 15 days. His treatment by the governme…

September 20, 2018

China
The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 13, 2018. Almost two decades ago, I went to dinner at a restaurant called Peking in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo to celebrat…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, December 14, 2015

June 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Jared Kushner’s Middle East Fantasy

In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, the president’s son-in-law has revealed himself to be either strikingly naive or deeply cynical.

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

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May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Can Mahathir Mohamad be Malaysia’s First Democratically Elected Prime Minister?

By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …

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April 13, 2018

China
China’s Strategy in Djibouti: Mixing Commercial and Military Interests

With the opening of the first overseas Chinese military base in Djibouti, this tiny Horn of Africa country has become a testing ground for the mixing of China's commercial and military interests abro…

Djiboutian workers stand at the opening of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port

February 8, 2018

Turkey
General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

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December 1, 2017

Yemen
How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off.

November 14, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
How the Islamic State Benefits from Sexual Violence

Extremist groups benefit strategically and financially from the subjugation of women, says Nadia Murad Basee Taha, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking…

nadia murad at the UN