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January 23, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Smooth Saudi Succession Amid Rough Times

King Abdullah’s succession plan for Saudi Arabia’s aging leadership may be his most important legacy at a time of multiple crises in the Middle East, says expert Rachel Bronson.

August 5, 2013

Pakistan
How to Read the U.S.-Pakistani Restart

Can Washington and Islamabad build a new strategic relationship? CFR’s Daniel Markey says John Kerry and Nawaz Sharif are off to a friendly start, but big obstacles remain on counterterror cooperatio…

December 8, 2011

Conflict Prevention
Gauging Top Global Threats in 2012

The eurozone and Saudi Arabia are elevated threats in 2012 under CFR’s new Preventive Priorities Survey, while Afghanistan and Sudan are reduced. CFR’s Micah Zenko discusses.

February 25, 2010

Elections and Voting
Pre-Elections, Iraqis Crave Stability

The coalition led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is likely to lead in the March 7 parliamentary elections, as Iraqis look for stability and security after years of conflict, says Nir Rosen, an ana…

July 27, 2009

Iran
The Wisdom of a ’Defense Umbrella’ Against Iran

Thomas W. Lippman, a specialist on Persian Gulf security, says U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning about a U.S. "defense umbrella" to protect regional states from any Iranian nuclear ar…

March 26, 2008

Conflict Prevention
Nasr: Iraqi Prime Minister ‘Irrelevant’ in Shiite Power Struggle

Vali R. Nasr, a leading expert on Shiites, says the fighting in southern Iraq amounts to a power struggle between pro and anti-U.S. Shiite militias. The country’s Shiite prime minister, he says, is “…

January 14, 2008

Afghanistan
Cordesman: Despite Gains, Future in Iraq, Afghanistan Remains ‘Uncertain’

Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading expert on military and security developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, says that despite some gains, the situation in both countries remains tenuous.

November 5, 2007

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Markey: Crucial To Hold Pakistan Elections on Time in January

Daniel Markey, a former State Department specialist on South Asia, says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s emergency decree runs the risk of alienating so many different opposition groups that a …

April 3, 2006

Saudi Arabia
Bronson: Saudis ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Iran’s Nuclear Program

Rachel Bronson, CFR’s top Middle East expert and author of a new book on Saudi-American relations, Thicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership With Saudi Arabia, says that she does not expect Saud…

February 2, 2006

Religion
The Role of Christians in Iraqi Politics

The future of Iraq depends as much on melding the many differences between its Shiite, Sunni, and Kurdish groups as on integrating its smaller ethnic and religious communities. Among its largest mino…