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An Emboldened Iran Has Begun to Seek out the Geopolitical Spotlight

Iran’s political elites are endorsing the assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and signalling that Tehran’s expansionist aims in the region are widely supported across the Iranian political spectrum.Read More

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No IMF, Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Actually Need $70 Oil

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave a presentation on its regional economic outlook for the Middle East yesterday, and there […]Read More

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Forbes: Visions And Misperceptions On The Road To An Aramco IPO

There’s plenty of reasons why a Chinese private placement in Aramco might just make more sense than an IPO.  Since […]Read More

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OPEC November Meeting Preview: Here’s What To Expect

Just over a month remains until OPEC members assemble in Vienna for their semi-annual meeting.Read More

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The Audacity of Iran’s Foreign Minister

If the Persian language had a term for chutzpah, it should have been the title for Javad ZarifRead More

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In Syria, Assad might be winning the war, but he is far from winning the peace

September was the deadliest month in Syria, with more than 3,000 people killed. Despite this, morale in Damascus is high, with president Bashar Al AssadRead More

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Saudi Arabia finally allows women to drive — a vital but politically risky move for the Kingdom

Yesterday, in a bold and decisive -- yet politically risky -- move, Saudi King Salman issued instructionsRead More

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Foreign Affairs: How Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up in Iraq

Some of the best news to come from the Middle East in a long time is the recent and long-overdue improvement in relations between Iraq and Saudi ArabiaRead More

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The National: The death of Abdulhussein Abdulredha and Saudi Arabia’s rebuke of toxic hate tweets

The renowned Kuwaiti comedian and actor Abdulhussein Abdulredha passed away this week. The reaction to the death of such a beloved figure in the Gulf region was overwhelming and tinged with great sadness. At least such was the case until...Read More

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Axios: Succession in Iran will escalate tensions

Our Expert Voices conversation on what comes next in Iran vs. Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has succession well in hand. Iran, on the other hand, has designated no successorRead More

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