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by / on February 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm / in Uncategorized

The Uncertain Path Ahead in the Middle East

…yearly increases between 2008 and 2011. Although it was denied, during an official to Islamabad in mid-February Saudi Arabia’s crown prince conveyed a request for Pakistani troops to deploy to the Gulf state. Given the speculation that if Iran goes nuclear, Saudi Arabia would follow with Pakistani help (either by transferring the technology or the weapons themselves), the request for Pakistani troop deployments is even more troubling than the in…

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by / on July 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Amidst Upheaval, a Land of Opportunity

by Over the past three years, the Arab uprisings have sown a land of feast and famine in the Middle East.  Across the region, the downfall of old regimes and power structures has unhinged traditional geopolitical relationships and has allowed for the emergence of new players and strategic cooperation. For some, like al-Qaeda and the Kurdish populations, the general deterioration of regional security has allowed for greater autonomy, mo…

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by / on February 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm / in Opinion, World

A Mecca of Science

…n. The Saudi elite has certainly shown a willingness to flex its financial muscle on this institution. So how is Saudi Arabia reconciling its forthcoming scientific revolution with the conservative interpretations of Shari’a that pervade the nation’s religious police? Saudi Arabia’s other universities are segregated, and the nation houses the world’s largest women’s-only university with over 50,000 students, Princess Nora University. KAUST, howev…

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by / on July 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Don’t Worry Yet

…eal that was recently halted. So long as the United States is able to maintain its policy that offers Israel and Saudi Arabia leverage over Iran, it will claim to continue supporting democratization movements. Morsi’s visit to Saudi Arabia does not sever Egypt’s relations with the United States. And nor does it imply a shift towards radical Islam. After all, Saudi Arabia still remains a staunch ally of the United States despite its flagrant human…

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by / on October 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm / in Opinion, World

Ever the Emir

by from Wikimedia Commons In their last debate before Election Day, President Obama and Mitt Romney argued over issues in foreign policy – and by issues in foreign policy, I mean issues in the Middle East. The debate was fully dominated by talk of the region, including the civil war in Syria, the growing threat of a nuclear Iran, and the winding-down war in Afghanistan. But despite the overwhelming focus on the Middle East, noticeably…

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by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Olympics Mean Nothing Politically Anymore

by Historically, the Olympics have been a hotbed of diplomatic hostilities. In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. would be boycotting the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Four years later, the Soviets announced their retaliation-boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, on the allegation that the U.S. government would not sufficiently protect U.S.S.R. athletes and may even actively ha…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am / in Africa, World

There’s Something About Mali

by In January 2012, conflict erupted in northern Mali as an influx of arms from Libya, economic discontent, and longstanding tension between Malian Tuaregs and the rest of Malian society converged. The Malian army attempted to stabilize the rapidly escalating violence, but they were too few, untrained, and poorly equipped, and the lack of order devolved into fierce war between Tuareg separatists and Islamist organizations. Though many…

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by / on March 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm / in Briefings

Briefing: Global Energy Policy

by Despite the efforts of global institutions, energy policy in the developing world continues to be driven by geology, engineering, and economics, not climate change, But it must be recognized that the developing world comes in many shapes and sizes, and the world is in the midst of a carbon-based energy revolution.  Dramatically large carbon-based energy resources—oil and gas—have been discovered over the past decade or so around the…

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by / on August 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm / in Opinion, World

A Lesson from Libya

by From Wikimedia Commons Last week, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman coauthored an op-ed  that advocates that the United States arm Syria’s rebels. They argued that Syria’s rebels are not on a level playing field – al-Assad has a modern army and friends like Russia and China – and that, in the long run, the U.S. is in the best position if it curries favor with rebel groups now. For similar reasons, I agree. The senators…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

by In February, the United States Navy and Yemeni security forces seized a shipment of allegedly Iranian-made shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles heading to Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Far from a one-time incident, it is symptomatic of a larger and more disturbing trend in the region. Through the Quds force—a mix of an intelligence agency and special forces— Iran has begun providing significant support to various groups across the Mi…

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