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Ali Shihabi discusses the end of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving with Bloomberg

Conservatives have long used the driving issue as a way to prevent women from becoming fully integrated into society. And […]Read More

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Gregory D. Johnsen Explains Iranian & American Involvement in Yemen’s War for PBS NewsHour

The port at Hodeidah accounts for between seventy and eighty percent of all the food and aid that enters Yemen.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses KSA response to US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on NPR’s Here and Now

The Saudi government is unanimous in its support of the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.Read More

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Firas Maksad discusses US strikes on Syria with BBC

In the short-term, this weekend’s airstrikes will most likely not change the situation in Syria, especially since the US and its allies opted for a limited campaign targeting chemical weapons’ facilities instead of saturation strikes against regime assets.Read More

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Firas Maksad speaks with NPR on the latest Syria developments

The messaging from the White House seems to suggest that the Trump Administration is “walking back” threats to launch an imminent strike against the Assad regime leading some to believe that there is a backchannel effort to find a diplomatic...Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses KSA economic reforms with CNBC

It was important for the crown prince to meet “pillars of the American business community” in technology, energy, and entertainment to help drive reform in the kingdom and open its markets.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses the US-Saudi partnership with Bloomberg

Change in Saudi Arabia under the new crown prince is controversial.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses MbS with Bloomberg Surveillance (14:24 to 21:18)

Traditionally, the House of Saud was ruled by a conservative gerontocracy that kicked many pressing issues down the road in order to avoid upsetting the status quo.Read More

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Ali Shihabi debates MBS reforms on AJE’s Upfront with Mehdi Hasan

Ali Shihabi debated journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) reforms. Both Khashoggi and Shihabi agree that MBS is reformer.Read More

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Ali Shihabi talks to the BBC about MBS’s aims for US visit and Yemen

Saudi Arabia always has to have a close relationship with the US government and the crown prince has worked hard to cultivate a close relationship with the Trump Administration just as his antecedents did with previous presidents.Read More

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