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October 30, 2020

Nigeria
Northwest Nigeria Potential Jihadi Linchpin in West Africa

Up to now, radical jihadi activity in West Africa has been centered in Mali—with spillover to adjacent parts of Burkina Faso and Niger—and the Lake Chad Basin. The two locales are now increasingly br…

A crowd gathers in front of the Sultan Palace Hall Sokoto in Sokoto, Nigeria. Several cars can be seen.

December 3, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a session of the Shura Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 20, 2019.

October 7, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Losing the Long Game

An insider’s perspective on why U.S. policymakers repeatedly underestimate the costs and consequences of intervention to both the United States and the people of the Middle East.

Losing the Long Game by Phil Gordon

December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
What’s Behind the New Israel-UAE Peace Deal?

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, paving the way for other Arab nations to do the same but angering the Palestinians.

August 17, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Are Gulf Arab States Aligning Toward Israel?

The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates reflects a profound shift in which Gulf Arab states opposed to Iran no longer consider relations with Israel off limits.

August 10, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

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 22, 2020

Saudi Arabia
Just How Important Is the Rift Between Qatar and the Saudi Arabia-led Quartet?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps off a plane at an air base in Qatar, on October 24, 2017.