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A tough decision on Afghanistan
The decision to bring troops home from Afghanistan was difficult, but "sometimes in foreign policy ... there are no good solutions," fellow Joe Barnes told KTRK-TV news. Barnes, a former U.S. diplomat, is the Baker Institute's Bonner Means Baker Fellow.
April 16, 2021, 3:32 p.m.

Revisiting the Arab Uprisings
Tune into KPFT (90.1 FM, Pacifica) today at 6 pm as the syndicated Arab Voices radio talk show airs our webinar on “The Arab Uprisings Revisited." You can also click here to watch our video as a experts, moderated by fellow Kelsey Norman, reflect on this historic time and what may lie ahead.
April 7, 2021, 12:12 p.m.

Reversing course on Western Sahara?
"The U.S. views Morocco as a stable partner in the region, meaning that Biden risks upsetting an important ally if he rescinds the recognition,” said Middle East fellow Kelsey Norman of the Trump administration's controversial recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Western Sahara region
March 3, 2021, 8:46 p.m.

Why the U.S. should help Saudi Arabia
President Biden’s approach to Saudi Arabia so far is mostly a reversion to the pre-Trump status quo, rather than an overdue and fundamental shift in policy, writes nonresident scholar Annelle Sheline in an op-ed for Politico. Still, "while many rightly consider engagement with MBS distasteful, for the sake of Saudi and American citizens as well as the global climate, Biden should help [him] achieve his more admirable goals while constraining his malignant inclinations."
March 1, 2021, 4:33 p.m.

U.S. must do its fair share for refugees
The Biden administration’s promise to raise the number of refugees resettled to the U.S. “is critical for restoring America’s stature in the world as a leader on refugees," says Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East and director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program. Read more here.
Feb. 5, 2021, 11:01 a.m.

What happens to Palestine If the Arabs Go to 'Peaces'?
Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen joins a panel discussion on the impact of recent regional agreements on Israel-Palestine relations. Watch the webinar at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
Dec. 17, 2020, 9:07 a.m.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Near U.S.-Brokered Deal to End Rift
Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explains why the Saudis reassessed their position in a three-year standoff with Qatar. Bloomberg: https://bloom.bg/3qsHWQz
Dec. 4, 2020, 10:31 a.m.

Immigration under a Biden administration
In his first 100 days in office, President-elect Biden aims to roll back many of the Trump administration's immigration policies.But permanent solutions for DACA and temporary protected status holders will not materialize soon. “They will be more challenging and for a longer term,” Kelsey Norman, director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights & Refugees Program, told the Houston Chronicle.
Nov. 17, 2020, 6 p.m.

'Relationship reassessed': President-elect Biden and Saudi Arabia
“The Biden administration will end the perception that the Saudi leadership enjoys near-unconditional support in the White House … with a view to reframing it around goals that serve both the U.S. and Saudi interests,” says Middle East fellow Kristian Ulrichsen. Read more at Al Jazeera.
Nov. 11, 2020, 11:40 a.m.

Saudi Arabia’s failed UNHRC bid not just about human rights
"The Saudi rejection is illustrative of the decline in Saudi soft power over the past five years and, in terms of timing, is awkward given the Saudi determination to play a more active global role, especially in hosting the G20 this year,” said Center for the Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
Oct. 20, 2020, 8:36 a.m.