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Russia Got Me Fired From the U.N. (Politico | Gregory D. Johnsen)

When my phone buzzed at 1:11 p.m. on a Friday afternoon this past March, I knew there was a problem. I had been expecting an email from New York, not a WhatsApp message asking if I had “a minute” to...Read More

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The reality of Islamic State in Iraq (Reuters | Geneive Abdo)

At his post-summit press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Donald Trump praised the United States’ “successful campaign” that had “just about eradicated” Islamic State in Syria.Read More

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The illusion of a US-Russia grand bargain over Syria and Ukraine (The National | Firas Maksad)

In the lead up to the US-Russia summit in Helsinki on Monday, there is much speculation in Washington, as well as in many Middle Eastern and European capitals, about the prospects of presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin striking a...Read More

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When Did the War in Yemen Begin? (Lawfare | Ruwanthika Gunaratne & Gregory D. Johnsen)

Over the last several days Emirati, Saudi, and Yemeni troops launched an offensive aimed at recapturing the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.Read More

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Sorry, Iran, China Isn’t Going to Save You (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo)

The Donald Trump administration’s determination to squeeze Iran economically after withdrawing from the nuclear deal is already succeeding on one front: frightening European investors out of making deals with Teheran.Read More

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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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