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The Gulf Cooperation Council: When the Sum Is Lesser Than Its Parts

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and formed the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ).Read More

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In Hodeidah, the Status Quo is Not an Option

In Yemen, zero hour is here. Yemeni forces, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have commenced operations to liberate Hodeidah, the country’s second-largest port city and lifeline to the outside world, from the Houthi militias that have...Read More

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The Battle for Hodeidah: Two Views on What’s at Stake

Hodeidah, Yemen’s fourth-largest city (population 400,000), is strategically situated on the Red Sea coast and houses the only major port under Houthi control.Read More

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In Yemen, Houthis Lose Their President

Last Thursday, Ansarullah lost one of its key leaders, Supreme Political Council (SPC) president Saleh al-Sammad, in an Arab Coalition air strike.Read More

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5 Key Questions on Syria ahead of Possible US Strike

The United States and European powers have accused the Syrian regime of using chemical weapons, most likely chlorine gas, to strike at rebel positions in the town of Douma, near Damascus, on April 7.Read More

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Jihadi reactions to Saudi reforms

“What was hidden has now been laid bare,” proclaims an al-Qaeda statement issued last September, referring to the “westernizing reforms” of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) and his sweeping arrests of clerics that month.Read More

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Yemen’s Simmering South

This past weekend fighting erupted in the coastal city of Aden between south Yemeni forces and the internationally-recognized government of President Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi.Read More

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Will Iran’s Latest Protest Movement Tip the Scales?

Iranian protesters calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down are crossing new boundaries, placing the future of the system of theocratic government in question.Read More

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Saudi-Emirati overture on Yemen deepens Houthi isolation

Wednesday’s tripartite meeting among Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin ZayedRead More

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Saudi Arabia’s New Foreign Policy Doctrine

King Salman’s 2015 accession to the throne and the subsequent appointment of Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)Read More

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