5/11/2016, Jimmy So

How the Next President Can Help the Middle East

How the Next President Can Help the Middle East

"It’s hardly surprising, given the mayhem and misery across the Middle East, that people who know and care about the region are scratching their heads trying to explain, never mind solve, its overarching problems," Ian Black, The Guardian's Middle East editor, wrote in his recent review of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East. There… more

4/21/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

President Obama is visiting Saudia Arabia today. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, talks about the destruction unleashed in the Middle East by European nationalism and need to… more

4/19/2016, Nicolas Pelham

Obama Can Nudge Saudis Toward Pluralism

Obama Can Nudge Saudis Toward Pluralism

When President Obama goes to Riyadh on Thursday, he should meet not just the Al Sauds, but the Saudis the rulers deem politic to hide under a bushel. If he does so, he will discover a country which defies the western stereotype of a bland killjoy state, and away from the religious police preserves as variegated… more