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Photo of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince bin Salman

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The Saudi Engine of Repression Continues to Run at Full Speed

| Jan. 10, 2019

One hundred days after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pressing ahead with anti-dissident campaigns and remains in regular contact with Saud al-Qahtani, the media adviser whom the CIA believes helped organize Khashoggi’s killing, according to U.S. and Saudi sources.

A soldier from one of the U.S.-backed Syrian forces looks into the distance with his binoculars, March 29, 2018.

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What Trump’s Syria Decision Means on the Front Lines of the Fight Against the Islamic State

| Dec. 23, 2018

Mazloum explained the dangers of a terrorist resurgence after Trump’s sudden decision. Islamic State communications last week showed new hope they can restore their caliphate, which was on the way to destruction, he said. What’s more, Mazloum has been holding more than 2,200 Islamic State prisoners, including 700 foreign fighters. Without help from the United States and other coalition members, those deadly fighters may eventually escape.

In this October 25, 2018, photo, candles, lit by activists, protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, are placed outside Saudi Arabia's consulate, in Istanbul, during a candlelight vigil.

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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The Khashoggi Killing Had Roots In a Cutthroat Saudi Family Feud

| Nov. 27, 2018

Behind the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi lies a power struggle within the Saudi royal family that helped feed the paranoia and recklessness of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Eventually, this rage in the royal court led to the death and dismemberment of a Washington Post journalist.

President Donald Trump talks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on November 9, 2018.

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What Would the Ghosts of 1918 Tell Us About the Perilous World Today?

| Nov. 08, 2018

What would the ghosts of 1918 tell politicians a century later about the perilous world we inhabit today? I asked some of my historian friends to reflect on the lessons of 1918 for our post-election America. They cited some common themes: the fragility of the world order, then and now; the big, sometimes disastrous outcomes that can begin with small events at the margins; the moral hubris that dooms inflexible leaders to failure; and the humility that allows great leaders to see events through the eyes of adversaries, and thereby avert disaster.

Leah Millis/Pool via AP

Leah Millis/Pool via AP

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MBS’s Rampaging Anger Will Not Silence Questions About Jamal Khashoggi

| Oct. 16, 2018

Inside his royal palace in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have alternated between dark brooding and rampaging anger in the days after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, or MBS, as he is widely known, looked for someone to blame for what Turkish officials have said was the journalist’s grisly murder.

Behind barbed wire, Saudi Arabia's flag flies atop the country's consulate in Istanbul, on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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Jamal Khashoggi’s Long Road to the Doors of the Saudi Consulate

| Oct. 12, 2018

The long road that took Jamal Khashoggi to the front door of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and the horror that lay inside began in the 1980s in Afghanistan, when he was a passionate young journalist who supported the Saudi establishment — but couldn’t resist criticizing the royal family when he thought it was wrong.

The left photo features Alexander Petrov, and the right photo features Ruslan Boshirov, two men that British prosecutors have charged with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. On October 8, investigative group Bellingcat reported that Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU.


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A Public Warning to Putin: Knock It Off

| Oct. 09, 2018

One of the most satisfying moments in any spy thriller is when the bad guy — the black-hat operative who has been killing and tormenting his adversaries — does something dumb and gets caught. That’s essentially what’s been happening recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet spy agency, the GRU.

This combination of two pictures shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, on July 22, 2018, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on February 6, 2018

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Trump's Bullying Tactics With Iran Could Backfire

| Oct. 04, 2018

President Trump seems convinced that he has found the formula for success in foreign policy: Bully your adversaries, sanction them, squeeze them — and then flatter them and make a deal. He seems to think he has the power-diplomacy game figured out, and he has undeniably achieved some gains. But as financial managers warn: Past results are no guarantee of future performance.

In this April 27, 2018 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea.

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We Doubted the Showy Korea Summits. But Now We’re Seeing the Seeds of a Deal.

| Sep. 20, 2018

After the big bang of the Singapore summit in June, with its showy but vague North Korean commitment to denuclearization, many analysts doubted that the deal had any real substance. But we’re beginning to see the first signs of what a serious accord would look like.