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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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    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

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    Many countries’ recent experiences show that boosting manufacturing employment is like chasing a fast-receding target. Automation and skill-biased technology have made it extremely unlikely that manufacturing can be the labor-absorbing activity it once was, which means that the future of “good jobs” must be created in services.

    shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.

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