A Saudi-Iranian Dialogue on Regional Security

Prince Turki al Faisal and Ambassador Hossein Mousavian

by Turki al Faisal and Hossein Mousavian With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies… Continue Reading  

Charlie Naas: The Quiet Diplomat

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by Michael Metrinko [EDITOR’S NOTE: It saddens us to report that Charles Naas, an Iran specialist par excellence and a LobeLog contributor since 2013, passed away August 18 at the age of 92. We asked Michael Metrinko, one of his former… Continue Reading  

The Roots of the Current Refugee Crisis

Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.

by Shireen Hunter Discussions surrounding Europe’s most recent migration crisis have been framed largely in ethical and humanitarian terms. The most frequently asked questions have been about how Europe can live up to its own humanitarian values and accept as… Continue Reading  

Cold Winds in Cairo

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When I was living in Cairo, the transition to winter was sometimes smooth. The beastly oven of summer changed slowly into a bearable fall of cool-warm. The fall moved from the cool-warm to a few weeks of cold, or at… Continue Reading  

Khamenei Likely to Hold Onto Weakened Ahmadinejad

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By Yasaman Baji via IPS News Amid growing and increasingly harsh criticism of his handling of the economy, talk of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s removal has regained momentum in Iran in recent weeks. But, according to most observers, Iran’s supreme leader,… Continue Reading