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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Finds Favor Again (Bloomberg | Abdallah Hendawy & Geneive Abdo)

More than four years after Egypt’s Muslim Brothers were ousted from power in a military coup and declared a terrorist organization, their chief nemesis, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, is reshuffling key players in his cabinet in ways that could ultimately...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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President Trump leans into Syria’s war (The Hill | Firas Maksad)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s unveiling of the U.S. administration’s long-awaited Syria strategy last week has been met with a chorus of criticism.Read More

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The rise of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince reveals a harsh truth (The Washington Post | Bernard Haykel)

Many journalistic accounts of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to as MBS), depict him as power-hungry and corrupt, and cite these two impulses for his behavior and policies.Read More

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Iran’s Latest Revolution Won’t Fade Away (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo & Abdallah Hendawy)

The latest protests in Iran may be largely crushed for now, but the characteristics of this particular uprising suggest that, unlike the so-called Green Revolution of 2009 and other previous waves -- the unrest could continue sporadically for years to...Read More

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In place of ideology, today’s Iranian protests simply demand change (The Washington Post | Ellen R. Wald)

For Americans, the image of Iranians marching together on cold city streets and shouting slogans in Farsi drew immediate, hopeful comparisons to the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah.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 Arabia is trying to contain the spread of Salafism. (The Washington Post | Abdo & Hendawy)

Months before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his anticorruption drive against billionaires, he first silenced, detained and, in some cases, imprisoned, members of the kingdom’s religious eliteRead 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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