Saudi Arabia and China: More Alike Than Different

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by Thomas W. Lippman Before 1990, Saudi Arabia did not have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. The rigidly anti-communist Saudis had continued to recognize the government of the Republic of China, on Taiwan. In the years since,… Continue Reading  

Women and Post-Conflict Political Order

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by Emily Myers In 1993, the assassination of Burundi’s first Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, catalyzed a 12-year civil war that killed over 300,000 people. The conflict ended in 2005 with the implementation of the Arusha Accords, which instituted a power-sharing… Continue Reading  

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come

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by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini  In Iran today, over 20 people have been killed in the streets and two young men are dead from unknown causes after being detained in prison. An estimated 3,700 others have been arrested across the country,… Continue Reading  

Tunisia Feels Heat from the GCC

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Khalid al-Jaber On December 22, tension between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) heated up. Citing “credible security information” about militant female members of the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) planning on entering the UAE… Continue Reading  

The Afghan Peace Process and Women

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by Quhramaana Kakar  In the past few months, the process of peace-building in Afghanistan has taken a number of hits. Recent Taliban military gains and an increased number of attacks, the success of the Islamic State in finding a foothold in… Continue Reading