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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.

July 5, 2017

Egypt
Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

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February 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Should the U.S. Maintain its Alliance With Saudi Arabia? Unfortunately, We’re Stuck With Them

Our unhappy marriage with Saudi Arabia will probably endure—because the Saudis can’t be trusted on their own.

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May 14, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Obama and the Saudis: Too Many Glaring Mistakes

Yesterday President Obama greeted the number two and three officials of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office. Obviously, U.S.-Saudi relations are not in good shape, as we learned from the refusal of Kin…

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…

November 6, 2012

Saudi Arabia
Generational Change in Saudi Arabia

Since the death of modern Saudi Arabia’s founder in 1953, the kingdom has been led by his sons--serving as kings, crown princes, and cabinet ministers. The crown has been passed from brother to broth…

Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

January 5, 2012

Egypt
Mubarak’s Fate

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher while being transported to the courtroom at the police academy in Cairo on January 5, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). Among the many problems Egy…

Mubarak’s Fate

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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January 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: How Do You Know?

During one of my last semesters in graduate school, I was a teaching assistant for a course called “How Do You Know?” The goal of the class was to expose students to the way different disciplines in …

Saudi Arabia How Do You Know

October 25, 2013

United States
This Week: Saudi Pique, Syrian Politics, and Egyptian Paralysis

Significant Developments Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Bandar Bin Sultan, said on Tuesday that the kingdom will be making a “major shift” away from its close relationship with the…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (C), joins with his brother Prince Salman (R) (Shadeed/Courtesy Reuters).