Category Archives: Middle East

Risk Analysis and Growth Economies

Last week, DCFR hosted Professor Alyson Warhurst, CEO and founder of U.K.-based Maplecroft, a leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence. Warhurst focused on growth markets and oil and gas producing countries considered hotspots for 2013. Looking at both political, economic … Continue reading

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Emerging Security Threats Brief

The following interview with Juan Zarate for DCFR’s Global Themes brief series offers a wealth of knowledge about security issues and counterterrorism. Through comments on diverse topics such as al-Qaeda’s metastasized activities—to how the U.S. needs to articulate a strategic … Continue reading

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Counterterrorism Czar Juan Zarate

In a forthcoming brief, counterterrorism and security expert Juan Zarate and DCFR’s keynote holiday dinner speaker, offers his five emergent security threats, based on an interview at the end of November. Not ranked in order of importance, they are: 1) The … Continue reading

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Solving Syria

A real, disturbing picture emerged today for DCFR members about the state of Syria and its prospects. Syrian human rights pro-democracy activist and Founder and Director of Tharwa Foundation Ammar Abdulhamid has been speaking out for Syria since his exile … Continue reading

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General Cartwright Q&A: Cyber, Middle East, and Nuclear

We were honored to receive General James Cartwright at DCFR this month. Recently, appointed a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, he will divide his time on cybersecurity issues and the rivalry between the United States and China. General Cartwright is known … Continue reading

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Middle East’s Kingdom Explored

DCFR hosted Karen Elliott House,  author of the new book, “On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines – and Future.” House noted in her presentation that the U.S. has a genuine strategic relationship with and interests in Saudi Arabia … Continue reading

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Navy Admiral Offers Perspective

DCFR had the honor to receive Navy Admiral Chris Sadler last week. To say that the security job performed by the U.S. Navy is wide ranging and far reaching is an understatement. Given that 70% of the globe is covered … Continue reading

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CFR’s Steven Cook on Egypt

DCFR was fortunate to host Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Dr. Steven Cook, yesterday. He came to discuss his body of work on Egypt and his latest book, “The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to … Continue reading

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Pakistan, Afghanistan, and U.S. Foreign Policy: New Brief

In a recent interview with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, he comments from firsthand experience about the key challenges facing the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan. He says: One of our most serious challenges in foreign policy is the relationship between the U.S. … Continue reading

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A Path Forward for Libya

Upcoming DCFR speaker Jack Goldstone renders an opinion about how institutions must be managed to give Libyans a chance for freedom and stability. He writes: Post-Gadhafi Libya brims with promise, but also with pitfalls. Blessed with low-sulfur oil, proximity to … Continue reading

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