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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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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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