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Why Pakistan? MBS Visit Aims to Check Islamabad’s Burgeoning Ties to Tehran

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s four-day visit to Pakistan, set to begin this Saturday, is meant to reaffirm the importance of the two countries’ strategic partnership.Read More

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Iran Should Be Worried About the Warsaw Summit (National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

The Iranian regime should be worried about the U.S.-led conference on the Middle East in Warsaw that is being held Feb. 13 and 14.Read More

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The Need for Balance in Judging Saudi Arabia and Its Crown Prince

Those who so easily pass judgment on Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince need to understand the difficulties the kingdom, with a historical experience vastly different from the liberal democracies, faces today in its quest for change.Read More

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Iran’s Battle Over Khamenei’s Successor is Just Getting Started (The National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

As Iran prepares to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the question of who will succeed the ill and aging supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is resurfacing.Read More

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The Pope’s visit to the UAE today is the first step in undoing the damage caused by his predecessor (The Independent | Najah Al-Otaibi)

This week’s visit by Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be his first to the Arabian Peninsula and the first of its kind to the Islamic World.Read More

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Iranian Drones Change Mideast Battlefield

On Wednesday, the Arab Coalition in Yemen announced that it had shot down a “hostile Houthi drone with Iranian specifications and characteristics” over the Saudi city of AbhaRead More

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Hezbollah makes gains as Lebanon forms new government (Axios | Firas Maksad)

A 9-month political deadlock over the formation of Lebanon's new government has ended, resulting in a Cabinet in which Iran-backed Hezbollah has greater influence.Read More

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The moral hazard of supporting Lebanon (Alarabiya | Firas Maksad)

In an interview conducted on the sidelines of Davos this week, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil boasted to CNN’s Becky Anderson that, despite his country’s chronic financial and political woes, he and his fellow Lebanese politicians can teach Washington and...Read More

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Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia Are Improving, So Why Do Girls Still Run Away?

Some of my most striking memories as a teenager at school in Dammam are of conversations with teachers at the start of a term. Sitting at our desks in grade 9, we would talk excitedly about what we had done...Read More

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As U.S. withdraws from Syria, some want its troops out of Iraq, too (Axios | Geneive Abdo)

As the U.S. begins to withdraw troops from Syria, some Iraqi leaders are now demanding the same for their country, even as ISIS is making a comeback.Read More

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