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Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won’t help us fight terrorism

Terrorism is a problem that we all still struggle to understand. That challenge only increases when partisan politics are injected into the mix. This is what happened earlier this month, when President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, provoking the publication of a flurry of articles such as Fareed Zakaria’s “How Saudi Arabia played Donald Trump” criticizing the visit and describing the kingdom as the evil empire responsible for much of the world’s scourge of terrorism. If anything, such rhetoric only serves to further muddle a critical issue the world can ill afford to misdiagnose.

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  • Executive Director, The Arabia Foundation

    Ali Shihabi is the executive director of the Arabia Foundation. A Saudi national, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Ali returned to ...

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