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For Iran, Ansarallah (more commonly known as the Houthis) is, arguably, the most convenient proxy to leverage in its current conflict with the United States. Unlike Hezbollah or the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq, Iran has hidden its support for the Houthis. And while activating its Syrian or Iraqi assets risks provoking a confrontation with US forces, Tehran knows that the US has...
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US oil futures spiked following suspected Iranian attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier today. The alleged strikes occurred during a meeting between Iranian supreme leader Khamenei and Japanese prime minister Abe, who purportedly delivered a message from US president Trump. Iranian state media later reported that Khamenei told the premier, “I do not see Trump...
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Oil prices are already up after Washington’s decision last month not to renew Iran sanction waivers and amid signs that few if any shipments are leaving Iranian ports. In an already tightening market, current military tensions are likely to push these prices higher . It is still unclear whether the purported tanker attacks near Fujairah on May 12 are linked to Iran, but the...
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Last Thursday, April 25, was the three-year anniversary of Vision 2030 . When it was launched, the immediate goal of Saudi Arabia’s blueprint for economic transformation was to enact necessary, and inevitably painful, structural reforms to Saudi Arabia’s economy and labor market in order to correct distortions created by decades of neglect and overreliance on oil rents. Such...
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As we watch Venezuela, once dubbed a “terrestrial paradise” by Christopher Columbus, disintegrate, we are reminded that despite their enormous wealth, many of the world’s oil-rich states have delivered very little to their people. Developing oil exporters face a unique set of challenges. Most had only rudimentary political and economic institutions prior to the discovery of...
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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.
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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.
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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 Abha.
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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 during the holidays, before the discussion turned to the empty chairs that only a few weeks earlier had been occupied by my 15-year-old classmates.
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On Monday, a top security adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reported that last month American officials had twice approached him in Kabul with offers to renew nuclear talks. The adviser, Ali Shamkhani, denied their request and while US officials have expressed optimism that sanctions will eventually compel Iran to reengage, Tehran has given no indication that...
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An invitation from the king of Saudi Arabia to his Qatari counterpart to attend the December 9 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh has set the stage for potential progress on a protracted dispute that left the council deeply divided and arguably undermined US efforts to build a united front against Iran.
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Although peace consultations between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Ansarullah, more commonly known as the Houthis, are currently under way just outside of Stockholm, Sweden, chances for a diplomatic breakthrough are slim.
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Last week, two top US administration officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, urged all actors in Yemen’s conflict to adopt a cease-fire within thirty days.
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WASHINGTON – The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has left the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its weakest diplomatic position since the horrific terror attacks of September 11.
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Over the past three weeks, senior US officials have issued a series of increasingly sharp warnings to the Iranian government to cease threats to US personnel or face the consequences.
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The same week that the United States and Iran are heading for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly, an attack that killed twenty five, including members of Iran’s prized Revolutionary Guard, has caused tensions between the two countries to rise to new heights.
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In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and formed the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ).
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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 occupied it since 2015.
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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.
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Last Thursday, Ansarullah lost one of its key leaders, Supreme Political Council (SPC) president Saleh al-Sammad, in an Arab Coalition air strike.