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It’s not the West that will trigger regime change in Iran. It’s protest from within. (The Washington Post | Geneive Abdo)

When we hear about Iran, it’s in the context of its battles with the West. But the country also faces deep internal strife, most recently including mass protests in southwestern Iran.Read More

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Saudi Crown Prince woos Amazon, Lockheed and others to build a tech hub (CNBC | Ellen R. Wald)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman just capped off a three-week tour across the United States.Read More

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In Syria, President Trump must strike and stay (The Hill | Firas Maksad)

As President Trump inches closer to launching punitive military strikes against Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons, there is concern that such action will again fall short of bringing about behavioral change in Damascus.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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Commentary: The danger that lurks in Sisi’s Egypt (Reuters | Abdallah Hendawy)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s unsurprising 97 percent win, announced Monday after a widely-derided sham election, reaffirms the exponential increase […]Read More

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Will Yemen’s Houthis Stop Fighting in Exchange for a Political Victory? (The National Interest |Fatima Abo Alasrar)

Last Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) that both nations must “reinvigorate urgent efforts” to end the Yemen war.Read More

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Fragmented and competing alliances will make it difficult for Iraq to form a cohesive government in next month’s election (The National | Geneive Abdo)

As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi was deciding on coalition partners for his re-election this May, the two operatives in the room were Qassem Suleimani, the notorious commander of the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Hadi Al Ameri,...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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Iran’s Facing a Mutiny From Within the Mosque (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo)

It's not surprising that the arrest of a prominent Iranian cleric -- even one that led to protests in Iran and the Arab world -- hasn't made a ripple in the Western news media. After all, the Tehran regime makes...Read More

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Crown prince faces headwinds on nuclear deal, Yemen during U.S. visit (Axios | Ali Shihabi)

President Trump gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s at the White House on Tuesday, sustaining what some have called an all-time high in U.S.–Saudi relations.Read More

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