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Thinking Aloud: Fool Me Once, Shame on You…

April 27, 2016 by Darius  President Obama recently wrapped up a trip to Saudi Arabia.  In a piece written just prior to Obama’s trip, Bruce Riedel of Brookings made the case for why the US must continue to invest in its … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “America’s Invisible Wars,” Part II

April 18, 2016 by Darius  [I recently saw a panel discussion at the CATO Institute on “America’s Invisible Wars.”  The discussion focused on some of America’s lesser-known interventions: Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.  The panelists who presented on each of these … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Miserable Year

March 20, 2016 by Darius  In a few days, we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen.  Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states intervened to prevent a complete takeover of the country by the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Riedel on Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

Nov. 14, 2015 by Darius  Last week, I saw Brookings fellow Bruce Riedel talk about the unique role of Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, in spearheading the fight against jihad in the Middle East. Known as … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi Arabia’s (Still) Abysmal Rights Record

Nov. 1, 2015 by Darius  Since 1988, the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after a Soviet dissident, has been awarded by the European Parliament to a democracy activist. In practice, receiving the Sakharov Prize generally means that … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Turning Point That Wasn’t

July 28, 2015 by Darius  Last week, Saudi-backed forces ostensibly loyal to Yemen’s last president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, seized most of the southern city of Aden from Houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to Hadi’s predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh.  It … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi Arabia, Net Oil Importer?

July 7, 2015 by Darius  Saudi Arabia has been among the world’s leading oil exporters for half a century.  But by 2030, Saudi Arabia could be a net oil-importing country.  How could that be true? Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy consumption … Continue reading

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