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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.

Twitter: @fanazer

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If you want to see Saudi Arabia in 2030, look at Misk today

In the fall of 2016, I attended a five-day event at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York called A Day in Riyadh.

March 10, 2018

A bad week for the UN Security Council

By almost all measures, the post-Second World War landscape is more peaceful, stable and prosperous than what came before. For starters, it has not witnessed anything resembling the two devastating world wars that in many ways defined the 20th century and which came a mere 20 years apart.

February 28, 2018

Saudi youth not above starting from “zero”

The Vision 2030 plan that was announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2016 is an ambitious package of economic and social reforms that seeks to effect structural changes to the economy by reducing Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil.

February 07, 2018

Comprehensive humanitarian plan demonstrates Saudi's commitment to Yemen

On Jan. 22, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other members of the coalition supporting the internationally recognized government of Yemen unveiled what they described as the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO).

January 31, 2018

Abadi leading Iraq on the right path

A cursory look at Iraq’s recent history would strongly suggest that Iraqis are resilient. Over the past four decades, they have survived the oppression of Saddam Hussein’s rule and his aggression against their country’s neighbors, which rendered Iraq an international pariah.

January 18, 2018

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