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Fahad Nazer

Fahad Nazer is a political consultant to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington and an International Fellow at the National Council on US Arab Relations. He does not represent or speak on behalf of either organization.

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Defeat is inevitable for isolated Houthis

Last year proved to be pivotal in the international community’s efforts to eradicate terrorism. It was during 2017 that the most brutal terrorist group in recent years, Daesh, lost almost all of the vast swaths of land across the Iraqi-Syrian border that came under its control in 2014.

January 11, 2018

Still no end in sight in Syria

It might be hard to believe, but the war in Syria is on the verge of entering its eighth year. The conflict no longer dominates international headlines the way it did in 2014, for example, and some observers have found it tempting to declare Bashar Assad and his backers victorious.

January 06, 2018

Iran must stop meddling and start governing

Last week, as much of the world reflected on 2017 and looked forward to 2018, hundreds of Iranians demonstrated in the city of Mashhad against the Iranian government.

January 03, 2018

Protecting the rights of Saudis with disabilities

On Dec. 22, the Saudi Transit Police towed some 443 vehicles across the Kingdom that were parked illegally in spaces reserved for people with special needs. The campaign was meant to send several important messages.

December 27, 2017

Houthis do not believe in compromise or peace

The killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at the hands of the Houthis last week should serve as a reminder of two incontrovertible truths. The first is that, at its core, the conflict in Yemen is a civil war.

December 11, 2017

Pope’s visit to Myanmar reminds us that words matter

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Myanmar this week has once again redirected the attention of the international community to what some human rights organizations are calling the world’s biggest “forced exodus” this year.

November 30, 2017

While the big powers squabble, Syrians pay the price

Much like the conflicts in Bosnia and Rwanda before it, the war in Syria seems destined to leave a black mark on the history of humanity.

November 20, 2017

Saudi Arabia believes in peace, but its red lines must not be crossed

The greater Middle East has experienced unprecedented political turmoil and violence in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring. The political order as we knew it was upended in 2011 and the region has not yet fully recovered from that disruption.

November 16, 2017

Vision 2030 eyes the future while learning from the past

There is little doubt that Vision 2030 could not only fundamentally change Saudi Arabia’s economy, but also how Saudis define their roles as citizens. It is the most ambitious package of reforms to be implemented in Saudi Arabia. 

November 09, 2017

The more we listen to each other, the more we learn

Autumn is usually a busy time for Washington think tanks, and this year is no exception. Several conferences last week focused on US foreign policy in the Middle East.

October 26, 2017