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September 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia
A Conversation With Adel al-Jubeir

COLEMAN: Welcome to the Council on Foreign Relations. I’m Isobel Coleman and it is my great pleasure to be here this afternoon with the minister of foreign affairs from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H…

Play A Conversation With Adel al-Jubeir

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…

November 30, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
A Conversation With Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani for a discussion on the foreign policy challenges facing Qatar, its vision for the Middle East, and the future of U.S.-Qatar relations.

Podcast A Conversation With Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

December 26, 2013

Palestinian Territories
Arafat and al-Jazeera: Manufacturing Trouble

This week Russian experts added their voices to those of French experts who had examined Yasser Arafat’s remains to determine if he was poisoned. "French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser …

November 7, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Al Jazeera Backs the Muslim Brotherhood

I’ve done several blog posts questioning the impartiality of Al Jazeera as a news source (for example, here), but even so I was amazed by a line in the Washington Post today. In an article entitled "…

January 3, 2013

Is al-Jazeera a News Network?

Today’s news informs us that Al Gore and his partners have sold their "left-leaning Current TV" to al-Jazeera, which is to say to the government of Qatar. Although "The nation’s second-largest TV ope…

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

March 27, 2015

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Algerian and Western counterterrorism efforts, along with an African-led peacekeeping force in Mali, have shifted the North African al-Qaeda franchise’s criminal and terrorist activities to remote ar…

Evidence is displayed during a hearing in Tunis for suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

April 30, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Danger of Al-Shabaab’s Evolution

This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, Assistant Director, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. In the past five years, the Somali jihadist group al-Shaba…

Al-Shabaab Evolution