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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.

Hafiz al-Assad and the Elusive Quest for Syrian-Israeli Peace
Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian recently discussed his experiences as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria (1988-1991, and the prospects today for an Israeli-Syrian peace agreement, in a podcast for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His segment starts at the 6:15 mark.
Oct. 15, 2020, 9:56 a.m.

Crown prince becomes Kuwait’s new ruling emir
Sheikh Nawaf “is seen by many in Kuwait as an uncontroversial choice as emir, albeit probably serving only a short term considering his age,” Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen said of the oil-rich nation's new ruling emir
Oct. 1, 2020, 12:10 a.m.

Gulf remains locked in Qatar feud
"Much of the animosity that generated the blockade in 2017 originated in Abu Dhabi more than in Riyadh, and ... the rift can only fully end when the leadership in the UAE is ready to move on," said Middle East Fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
July 16, 2020, 12:18 p.m.

Vision 2030: Can Saudi Arabia afford it?
The double blows of Covid-19 and an oil price crash have thrown Saudi Arabia's social and economic reforms into doubt. “I can’t imagine Hajj taking place under the current circumstances, and plans for high-end tourism will be derailed by Covid-19, probably for a year or longer,” said Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Last year, some 2.6 million pilgrims went on Hajj, with religious tourism generating $12 billion. Read more at the Middle East Eye:
June 10, 2020, 6:18 p.m.

Trump's Flawed "Deal of the Century" Awaits Israel's new government
Once the Covid-19 pandemic has subsided, the new Israeli government will face serious flaws in, among other things, the territorial dimensions of President Trump's “Deal of the Century,” writes Middle East fellow Gilead Sher for the Baker Institute blog.
April 13, 2020, 3:02 p.m.

Covid-19 invades Saudi inner sanctum
“If it is reaching into the family, then it becomes an urgent issue,” said Middle East fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of the Saudi royal family members believed to have contracted the coronavirus. New York Times:
April 10, 2020, 4:53 p.m.

Refugees in Turkey hit hard by Covid-19 restrictions
With international borders closed, governments around the world should allow unemployed migrants to remain in their countries and give them “the option to search for a new job and transfer their visa if and when the spread of the virus has slowed and quarantine measures are lifted," said fellow Kelsey Norman of the impact on migrants and refugees of coronavirus mobility restrictions. Ahval News:
March 31, 2020, 10:04 a.m.