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Mohammed bin Salman, then Saudi deputy crown prince, in France, June 24, 2015 (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Read More

November 13, 2017

Turkey
Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

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October 23, 2017

Iraq
Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

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October 12, 2017

Turkey
The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built on a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

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