Saudi Arabia's Way Forward

Why King Salman Is the Past, Not the Future

Bilal Y. Saab
Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, February 18, 2014.
Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, February 18, 2014. (Yuya Shino / Courtesy Reuters)
Leadership matters, especially in the Middle East, where institutions are weak and often nonexistent. But charisma and talent, on their own, won’t be enough to dig Saudi Arabia out of the profound generational problems that go beyond Abdullah, his successor Salman, or any leader who will preside over the Kingdom.
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Modi's Civilizational Moment

Vamsee Juluri
Whether Modi will usher in a Hindu renaissance, as his supporters hope, or contribute to the rise of Hindu nationalism, as his detractors warn, remains to be seen. For the moment, however, his words have been promising.
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The Great Ratings Game

David James Gill and Michael John Gill
For today's cash-strapped countries, a strong credit rating can provide a huge advantages. Getting one, however, is not simply a matter of hitting the right benchmarks; it's also an exercise in strategy.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: America and Britain

Andrew Moravcsik
This book examines the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom.
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David James Gill and Michael John Gill

For today's cash-strapped countries, a strong credit rating can provide a huge advantages. Getting one, however, is not simply a matter of hitting the right benchmarks; it's also an exercise in strategy.

A picture of Hezbollah commander Mohamad Issa is seen in Arab-Salim, January 19, 2015.
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Daniel Byman and Bilal Y. Saab

If the three-decade history of confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah is any guide, the latter will likely retaliate for this week's raid. But that is not inevitable. The Syrian conflict has transformed Hezbollah, arguably turning it into a more cautious foe of the Jewish state.

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Jung-Chul Lee and Inwook Kim

Recent hacking aside, Pyongyang has been softening its tone for some time now—a possible sign that it is ready to return to the negotiating table.

The image of U.S. President George Washington is seen on an engraving plate for a one dollar bill at the Bureau of Engraving.
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C. Fred Bergsten

Obama’s signature international economic initiative is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress have insisted that the TPP forcefully address the manipulation of exchange rates. Here's how to resolve this dilemma.

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Joshua Meservey

Nairobi's use of extreme measures to fight terrorism is undermining its fledgling democracy.

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Niklas Zennstrom

Niklas Zennstrom, founder of Skype, talks to Foreign Affairs about the sharing economy, why start-ups are thriving in Europe, and how technology can address climate change.

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