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Brexit Expected to Boost Britain's ties with the GCC
Britain will likely place greater emphasis on trade and defense ties with Gulf states as it departs the European Union. Fellow for the Middle East Kristian Coates Ulrichsen comments in The National.
July 1, 2016, 10:56 a.m.

What is Ramadan?
For about 1.6 billion people across every continent, the most important month of the year begins this week. "It's a period of spiritual development rather than celebration," research scholar A.Kadir Yildirim told the Houston Chronicle. "The real celebration comes at the end of the month with Eid, a feast of three days."
June 7, 2016, 10:57 a.m.

Syria's 'Cessation of Hostilities'
Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian discusses prospects for a truce in Syria on CNN.
Feb. 16, 2016, 10:32 a.m.

Partial Cease-Fire in Syria
Baker Institute director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian comments on prospects for a truce in Syria and a rise in oil prices in an interview with Bloomberg Business.
Feb. 12, 2016, 3:50 p.m.

UAE's Ministry of Happiness
Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, discusses the United Arab Emirates' new minister of happiness and minister of tolerance positions in an interview with Al Jazeera America.
Feb. 11, 2016, 8:13 a.m.

Investing in Saudi Aramco
Saudi Aramco is considering taking its upstream assets public. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies, comments on Bloomberg Television.
Jan. 13, 2016, 10:18 a.m.

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, explains how Saudi Arabia's actions could have a domino effect on international diplomacy and economic issues in The Wall Street Journal.
Jan. 6, 2016, 10:22 a.m.

Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, discusses the escalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Read the full story in the Financial Times.
Jan. 4, 2016, 8:44 a.m.

Muslims fear backlash
Mahmoud A. El-Gamal, Baker Institute Rice faculty scholar, discussed concerns about a social and economic backlash against Muslims following the shootings in San Bernadino in an interview with ABC12.com.
Dec. 7, 2015, 1:37 p.m.

Kuwait to cut spending
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East, discusses Kuwaiti emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah's calls for spending cuts due to low oil prices. Read his full comments in The National UAE.
Oct. 28, 2015, 2:05 p.m.