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February 13, 2006

Peacekeeping
A Conversation with Prince Turki al-Faisal

Watch Prince Turki al-Faisal talk about the Saudi-U.S. relationship and about the global security challenges that they both face.

October 18, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Can The Oil Threat Spare Saudi Arabia from America’s Wrath?

Threatening a price hike might work in the short term, but it would come with serious costs to the kingdom’s reputation as a moderating influence on oil markets.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih

October 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Déjà vu, Saudi Style

The longer I write about oil, the more I have become convinced that names and faces can change but the basic storylines repeat themselves. For students of history, it might be tempting to say that th…

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks as he welcomes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018.

April 29, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
The Saudis Make Some Changes

The Saudi Royal court announced several important decisions yesterday. The most significant are the retirement of Saud Al-Faisal as foreign minister and his replacement by Adel Al-Jubeir, who has bee…

November 5, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Kerry Foreign Policy: Does the United States Stand for Anything at All?

Does the United States stand for anything at all? Do we have a view about, say, slavery, or child prostitution, or the stoning of gays? What  should be a ridiculous question is raised by Secretary o…

June 25, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
The Emir of Qatar Departs

The Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has abdicated in favor of his son Tamim, proving that rumors--this one had been circulating for many weeks in the region--are sometimes accurate. The ke…

July 29, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
The Successor to Prince Saud?

An interesting royal decree from Saudi Arabia this past week suggests who may finally succeed Saud bin Faisal as foreign minister. Saud, son of the late King Faisal (who ruled 1964-1975) has been fo…

December 30, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2015

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2015 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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October 16, 2014

United States
This Week: Defeating ISIS, Iran Negotiations, and Rebuilding Gaza

Significant Developments ISIS. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told CNN yesterday that the United States has a “winning strategy” to defeat ISIS. Dempsey’s comments came one da…

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks in a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, September 26, 2014 (Downing/Courtesy Reuters).