- CommentaryBy Gregory B. Poling, Nigel CoryJan 29, 2015
Recent events in Paris, Ottawa, Sydney, and elsewhere have brought into renewed focus the threat posed to the United States and its partners by homegrown violent extremism.
- NewsletterJan 27, 2015
American consumers have celebrated the sharp drop in oil prices. In recent weeks, gasoline prices in many American communities have brushed against $2 per gallon, promising to put more than $500 annually into the pockets of the average American family.
- ReportJan 26, 2015
The Burke Chair circulated a report in early January on Transition in Afghanistan. We have since received extensive comments and the revised edition is being circulated in final draft form before becoming a CSIS E-book.
- CommentaryJan 23, 2015
Once again, Saudi Arabia has managed its succession without problems, delay, or any signs of serious divisions within the royal family. One of its most competent and impressive kings has died, but the Crown Prince – Prince Salman – officially became king virtually at the time King Abdullah’s death was announced.
- CommentaryJan 9, 2015
Every time a Saudi king gets seriously ill or dies, this triggers yet another media frenzy over a Saudi succession crisis. There is yet another round of speculation about major conflicts within the royal family, the destabilization of Saudi Arabia, and how the various tensions within the Kingdom could somehow trigger a civil crisis or conflict. King Abdullah’s illness is no exception.
- CommentaryJan 8, 2015
There is no question that the United States should do what it can to minimize civilian casualties. At the same time, war is war, and the United States is fighting an asymmetric war against a movement that does not wear uniforms, may or may not mark its vehicles, and can draw on decades of experience in regional conflicts where irregular forces have used civilians as human shields.
- ReportDec 22, 2014
The U.S. and its Arab partners in the Gulf face a wide range of threats. These include the Islamic State and other Jihadist elements, civil war, instability, and divisions in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. It is Iran, however, which poses the most severe military challenge, and one that goes far beyond its search for nuclear capability.
- BookBy Jon B. Alterman, William McCantsDec 15, 2014
In Chapter 6 of Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings, Jon Alterman and William McCants argue that since its inception, the Saudi state has not defined radicalism in terms of the violent, autocratic, or regressive content of an ideology.
- BookBy Haim MalkaDec 15, 2014
In Chapter 2 of Religious Radicalism after the Arab Uprisings, Haim Malka argues that jihadi-salafists are facing a crisis of authority, sparked by the Islamic State’s rebellion against al Qaeda’s leadership.
- NewsletterDec 15, 2014While many observers of the Arab world had believed for years that change was inevitable, the “Arab Spring” itself came as a complete surprise four years ago. The idea that a self-immolating fruit seller in Tunisia could shake the political foundations of the Arab world to their core would have been thought ludicrous even in early January 2011.