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Arab States Sever Diplomatic Ties with Qatar
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move, joined later by other Arab nations. "It seems that the Saudis and Emiratis feel emboldened by the alignment of their regional interests — toward Iran and Islamism — with the Trump administration," fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen said in an interview with Reuters.
June 5, 2017, 9:45 a.m.

Qatar 'hacking' revives Gulf tensions
Qatar claims that hackers attacked the state news agency and published false remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani that were critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, comments on whether the incident may affect Qatar's long-term relationships with other Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Yahoo News: https://yhoo.it/2r4kECr.
May 26, 2017, 11:17 a.m.

Trump's Mideast Trip Signals Shift in Foreign Policy Priorities
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, tells the Arab News that President Trump’s trip to the Middle East demonstrates his willingness to "reengage the U.S. with its traditional partners" in the Gulf and the Middle East.
May 19, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

How Iran Became an Undemocratic Democracy
Middle East fellow Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is quoted in a New York Times story on Iran’s presidential election.
May 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Gulf States Are Turning to Asia
While the United States has largely reduced its dependence on energy resources from the Middle East, Asia has grown more dependent on them, fostering a deepening relationship between the two regions that goes beyond simple transactions for oil and gas. These growing ties between the Gulf and Asia have the potential to reshape geopolitical patterns and relationships, writes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
April 21, 2017, 10:59 a.m.

Why is No One Trying to Stop the Yemeni Conflict?
Fellow for the Middle East Kristian Coates Ulrichsen appeared on the BBC's "The Inquiry" to analyze ongoing Saudi Arabian involvment in the conflict in Yemen.
April 7, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Indonesia's moderate Islamist parties losing ground
The far-right Islamic Defenders Front is dominating Indonesian politics, overshadowing more moderate parties. However, research scholar A. Kadir Yildirim notes that “compared to most Arab countries, Indonesia has an established and vibrant electoral democracy, which provides an opportunity for many important discussions regarding modernization, religion-state, and democratization to take place in public view.” Read the full story in Foreign Policy.
Feb. 14, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Amb. Djerejian discusses Syria on CNN
Russia is inviting representatives of the incoming Trump administration to attend Syria talks in Kazakhstan. Ambassador Edward Djerejian speaks to CNN about the challenges of the talks and CIA director John Brennan's assertion that Trump is underestimating Putin, as well as Israel's boycott of Middle East peace talks in Paris last week. http://bit.ly/2iDl7Fv
Jan. 17, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Ambassador Djerejian on U.S.-Israel relations after UNSC 2334
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, made several apperances on CNN to discuss United Nations Security Council resolution 2334, which describes Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. The resolution passed Dec. 23 with the U.S. abstaining.
Jan. 4, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

2003 Baker Institute–CFR Report Presages Chilcot Findings
On July 6, the British government released the findings of its inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq in what has become known as the Chilcot report. The report evaluates the reasons, planning and aftermath of the invasion, concluding that the UK and U.S.-led coalition made deeply flawed decisions. In light of the recent attention focused on this issue with the release of the Chilcot report, we are re-introducing the January 2003 report to highlight the value and foresight that nonpartisan experts can offer in guiding policy.
July 7, 2016, 4:42 p.m.