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Bernard Haykel

Bernard Haykel

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Bernard Haykel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is currently completing a book on Saudi Arabia’s modern history.

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  1. War Is What Hamas and Iran Want
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    War Is What Hamas and Iran Want

    Dec 7, 2023 Bernard Haykel warns that Israel’s scorched-earth Gaza campaign risks playing into its enemies’ hands.

  2. Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism
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    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Sep 29, 2023 Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.

  3. Why the Saudis Won't Pump More Oil
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    Why the Saudis Won't Pump More Oil

    Mar 16, 2022 Bernard Haykel examines the political, strategic, and economic factors determining the Kingdom's production decisions.

  4. An Interview with Bernard Haykel
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    An Interview with Bernard Haykel

    Jul 13, 2021 Bernard Haykel considers the implications of Ebrahim Raisi’s election as Iran’s president, proposes a plan for ending the war in Yemen, and assesses Joe Biden’s Saudi Arabia strategy.

  5. Biden’s US-Saudi Recalibration
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    Biden’s US-Saudi Recalibration

    Mar 18, 2021 Bernard Haykel welcomes the president’s recognition of mutual strategic interests in the bilateral relationship.

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    Will the US Economy Drive Global Growth this Year?

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite rosy forecasts, the US economy faces powerful headwinds that call into question its ability to serve as the world’s main growth driver. These challenges are compounded by domestic and geopolitical uncertainties that have not been reflected in market valuations and economic assessments.

    explains why economists and investors are far too optimistic about America’s near-term prospects.
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.

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