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Bahrain stays the course with Israel
"Bahrain has always had a strong pan-Arab and Islamic current in its domestic politics," Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen told The New Arab, "and the latest protests indicate that the [Arab-Israeli conflict] retains its mobilizing power among Bahraini citizens.”
Oct. 21, 2021, 6:55 a.m.

Fallout: UN ends Yemen war crimes probe
The UN Human Rights Council's decision to end investigations into abuses in Yemen means "any hopes for accountability from all sides for abuses will probably now fall by the wayside, at least from an international perspective,” says Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Listen to more of his talk with Oxford University's Elisabeth Kendall here.
Oct. 14, 2021, 1:47 p.m.

UAE anticipates U.S. withdrawal, revamps foreign relations
Amid shifting relations with the United States, the UAE is reestablishing foreign alliances, "trying to diversify," says Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. "There's a perception now in Abu Dhabi that the UAE can't be fighting fires everywhere." Read more in the Asia Times.
Oct. 5, 2021, 10:38 a.m.

U.S. pulls missile defenses amid Yemen attacks: The Saudi view
"Perceptions matter," Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen told the Associated Press. "From the Saudi point of view, they now see Obama, Trump and Biden — three successive presidents — taking decisions that signify to some extent an abandonment."
Sept. 13, 2021, 6:08 p.m.

Qatar emerges as bridge between Taliban and the West
"Whatever diplomacy is intended will involve Qatar in some way as a facilitator and mediator to keep dialogue open with the political leadership as the world waits to see what type of regime emerges in Kabul,” says Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Read more at the Financial Times (subscription required).
Sept. 8, 2021, 8:28 a.m.

Podcast: Where will Afghanistan's refugees go?
The war in Afghanistan may be over, but what of the Afghans who fled the country as the U.S. withdrew its forces? in a podcast for the World Affairs Council, Kelsey Norman, Middle East fellow and director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, describes the U.S. refugee response and recommends ways forward. Read her Baker Institute policy brief on the issue here.
Sept. 7, 2021, 7:21 a.m.

The life and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
In the months before his murder, Khashoggi had "a sense of regret about the direction things were going in, and ... disillusionment, because at the end of the day, he saw himself as a Saudi patriot," Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen told The Independent.
Aug. 26, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

Norman wins Emerging Leaders Policy Prize
Congratulations to Middle East fellow Kelsey Norman, who received the 2021 Emerging Scholars Policy Prize from the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania and Foreign Affairs magazine!
Aug. 10, 2021, 12:24 p.m.

Why Iran's hard–line governments endure
Middle East fellow Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is interviewed for a New York Times explainer on the longevity of Iran's hard-line governments — against isolation abroad, internal turmoil veering on civil war and devastating wars. “It’s not despite these crises but actually precisely because of them that the regime survives,” with each episode ending with Iran's most powerful leaders and institutions rallying behind the status quo order, and with challengers sidelined, Tabaar said. Read more at the New York Times.
June 22, 2021, 7:08 a.m.

A smooth transfer of power in Israel?
Seemingly taking a page from the Trump playbook, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has assailed the incoming administration and called the election that defeated him “the scam of the century.” Middle East fellow Gilead Sher says the fact that “no transition [of power] has begun by the prime minister, his staff or most of his ministers, is extremely unusual and counterproductive. What Netanyahu and his [Likud] party members have been saying is shameful." Sher, the former chief of staff to prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak, said Netanyahu should “not try to cling to power.” Read more at The Media Line.
June 10, 2021, 4:57 p.m.