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How Much Is Saudi Aramco Worth? It Depends On The Country's Institutions

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia plans a public offering of 5% of its national oil company, Aramco, sometime in 2018. As the world’s largest energy producer and with the largest proved reserves, Saudi Arabia believes that the capital market will value Aramco at some $2 trillion, making it the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. At this price, the government’s 5% would bring in $100 billion, which is supposed to be devoted to diversifying the Saudi Arabian economy away from energy.

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Kori Schake On Deep State Radio

interview with Kori Schakevia Deep State Radio
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake talks about the escalations and complications that are making virtually every flashpoint in the Middle East more dangerous, and how the Trump administration is responding.

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Ayatollah Machiavelli

by Karim Sadjadpourvia Analysis
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Islamic Republic of Iran and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have arguably become the most powerful country, and leader, in the Middle East. A Machiavellian combination of ruthlessness, radicalism, and realism—underpinned by a 2500-year history of subtle statecraft—has helped Tehran fill political vacuums created by the Iraq war and Arab uprisings. Though American and Iran share numerous common interests—and adversaries—as long as Iran continues to define itself as a revolution rather than a nation-state cooperation will be minimal, containment will be necessary, and confrontation may be unavoidable


Lanhee Chen On AirTalk

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KPCC 89.3 (Southern California)
Monday, June 19, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen examines the implications for US-Russian relations after US forces downed a Syrian government jet, as well as how much of a bellwether the Georgia special Congressional election will be for both parties in the 2018 midterms, and much more.


Why Mideast Peace Ambitions Must Be Dialed Back

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, June 17, 2017

President Trump’s administration is reportedly drafting a document outlining principles to guide negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. The laudable aim is to bring their protracted conflict to an end.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Just Laid The Smackdown On A Sharia Law Advocate

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Media Research Center Network
Friday, June 16, 2017

People in power who have no understanding of Islam or Sharia Law are constantly attempting to downplay some of the more radical aspects of the Muslim religion. But for some Sharia survivors, the truth seems pretty clear.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Testimony on Ideology and Terror

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali's testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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ISIS And Tora Bora—Back To The Future

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reports today have confirmed that a branch of the Islamic State has seized Tora Bora, once the stronghold of the iconic founder and leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden. The terrorists of al-Qaeda used this remote and forbidding mountain fortress, honeycombed with caves and tunnels, as protection against airstrikes and ground assault in the weeks after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.”

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali To Congress: Political Islam 'Incompatible With The US Constitution'

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Breitbart.com
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Political Islam, focused on establishing an unfree society ruled by strict sharia law, is “fundamentally incompatible” with the U.S. Constitution and the overall “foundation of the American way of life,” declared Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an expert at the Hoover Institution think tank, during a Senate panel hearing.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali On Ideology and Terror: Understanding The Tools, Tactics, And Techniques Of Violent Extremism

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali testified at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday on understanding the tools, tactics, and techniques used by violent extremists.