Round Tables

Round Tables are quick-reaction conversations in which a number of scholars discuss a developing event or topic. These discussions aim to distill complex issues by explaining the key facts in short, concise responses.

Beyond COVID-19, Part 3: Russia-Saudi Oil War and Developments in the Black Sea

This Round Table features a conversation between Thomas J. Shattuck, Managing Editor at FPRI, and Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Black Sea Fellow in the Eurasia Program at FPRI and Professor of National Security Affairs, holding the Captain Jerome E. Levy...

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Beyond COVID-19, Part 2: U.S. Marines Prepare for China and Russia Prepares to Vote

We are now in week two of self quarantine in the United States. As testing increases across the country, we are finally getting a sense of how widespread COVID-19 is. This is our second “installment” of Beyond COVID-19. The...

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Beyond COVID-19, Part 1: News Stories You Should Pay Attention To

As the United States and the world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, much of the news coverage has rightfully centered on the constant changing situation that Americans face each day. The Foreign Policy Research Institute will continue...

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Israel Goes to the Polls…Again

On March 2, 2020, Israeli citizens voted in national elections for the third time in a year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won the most seats (36), followed by Blue and White (33 seats). The smaller Israeli right-wing...

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A Royal Purge: The Political Power Grab in Saudi Arabia

On March 7, 2020, Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS, as he is commonly referred to) detained and arrested former head of army intelligence Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, along with Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the...

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U.S. National Security and the Future

The current international environment is in a state of flux with numerous security threats both present or on the horizon. Whatever future historians call this era, undoubtedly, the present and near future offers threats or challengers from great powers...

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Iranian Missile Attacks in Iraq

On January 7, the Islamic Republic of Iran fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases that host ...

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The Uyghurs, China, and Islamist Terrorism

Xinjiang is the largest region of China and it borders the countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, ...

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The NDAA: Congress and the Middle East

Last week, Congress reached consensus on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $783 billion bill that funds the Department ...

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Iranian Missiles on Parade

On December 4, 2019, the New York Times reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had exported ballistic missiles to its non-state clients in Iraq. The news is similar to Tehran’s activities in Yemen, where Iranian forces have sent...

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