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Saudi Reform: Essential but Perilous (Hoover Institution | Ali Shihabi)

Saudi Arabia is undergoing a perilous, but essential transformation.Read More

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Social Reform in the Kingdom: Between “Westernizers” and “Guardians of Virtue” (Hoover Institution | Cole Bunzel)

“These astonishing things that have been happening in the Land of the Two Holy Places … if King Abd al-Aziz were to come out of his grave and witness them, he would not believe that this is his kingdom that...Read More

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Saudi Arabia’s Reforms and the United States (Hoover Institution | Bernard Haykel)

The reign of King Salman of Saudi Arabia (since January 2015) represents a significant watershed in the history of the kingdom’s system of governance as well as in its domestic and foreign policies. These changes reflect the priorities of the...Read More

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Saudi Arabia, the United States and the anti-Iran front in the Middle East (Hoover Institution | F. Gregory Gause, III)

Though he fancies unpredictability a useful negotiating tool, President Trump has been remarkably consistent about the Middle East.Read More

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The Iranian Threat: The Saudi Perspective (LSE Middle East Centre | Ali Shihabi)

Since 1979, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen itself as facing a radical, militaristic and expansionist Iran that leverages Shi’a disenfranchisement, local power vacuums and a vast and growing network of well-armed and well-trained proxies to export its Islamic...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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Assault on Yemen’s Al Hudaydah Would Be Catastrophic (New York Times | Gregory D. Johnsen)

More than three years into its pitiless war, the specter of more death, displacement and hunger is looming over Yemen.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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Iranian Missiles and Ending the War in Yemen (Just Security | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Yesterday, the Treasury Department levied sanctions against five Iranian officials for smuggling ballistic missiles to Yemen, which violated a UN Security Council Resolution.Read More

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Trump just accelerated Iran’s implosion (The Washington Post | Geneive Abdo)

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal signed with Iran and the European powers in 2015 doesn’t just make it likelier that Iran, too, will abandon the treaty and renew its push to make a bomb.Read More

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