Nashville Predators Knock Out Anaheim Ducks

April 28, 2016

Congratulations to the Nashville Predators on their Game 7 victory over the Pacific Division Champion Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last night in California.

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Analyzing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

April 27, 2016

It may be a case of, “Gentlemen, we have run out of money; it’s time to start thinking,” variously attributed to Winston Churchill and physicist Ernest Rutherford, but the need to reform Saudi Arabia’s oil-dependent economy has actually been the subject of “thinking” for decades.

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Obama’s presidency sees shift in US-Saudi trade ties

April 19, 2016

Paul Crompton’s article in Al Arabiya today cited Patrick Ryan on the question of US-Saudi trade on the occasion of President Obama’s summit meeting in Riyadh.

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President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia, “It’s Complicated”

April 17, 2016

When President Barack Obama travels to Saudi Arabia this week there will be more on his agenda than the announced US-GCC Summit with talks about security cooperation, intensifying pressure on ISIS, addressing regional conflicts and de-escalating regional and sectarian tensions, as announced by the White House last month.

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Saudi-Egyptian trade, investment ties headline King Salman’s visit

April 8, 2016

Amid a magnificent welcoming from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Cairo for a summit accompanied by a large delegation of Saudi ministers and officials on Thursday.

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Saudi Aramco IPO signals serious economic reform prospects

April 2, 2016

At a time when conversations about energy markets were focused on crude oil production freezes, pricing and bloated global inventories, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman grabbed the attention of oil industry watchers with news of a Saudi Aramco IPO of up to 5 percent.

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Raising New Flags and Hopes in US-Cuba Relations

March 24, 2016

President Barack Obama is making the first visit of a U.S. head of state in 88 years this week as the thaw in US-Cuban relations reaches a new stage. On the occasion of the landmark visit The Tennessean asked Patrick Ryan to share a perspective on developments in the relationship.

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Planned Parenthood and the Art of Charts

September 30, 2015

Dear Reince: You must have felt as happy to come to work today as the mayor of Kunduz.

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The Legacy of King Abdullah: A Conversation with Dr. Hanan Edrees

September 9, 2015

In this interview originally published at, Patrick Ryan spoke with Dr. Hanan Edrees about the legacy of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

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What’s needed for better Saudi-U.S. business ties?

September 3, 2015

When King Salman talks with President Barack Obama in their upcoming meeting, which is the Saudi king’s first White House visit as ruler, much of the attention will be on critical questions of regional security crisis management and bilateral defense issues. How to deal with conflicts besetting Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and emergence of post-nuclear deal Iran will top the leaders’ agenda.

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