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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,...
Tensions between the United States and Iran are at an all-time high. Both sides are engaging in high-stakes moves to force a behavioral change in the other. Washington and Tehran both wish to avoid war, however, in such an escalatory environment, the risks of...
Under enormous pressure from the United States, on July 1, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared that his country’s Iranian-backed Shiite militias would now be under Iraqi government control. It is unlikely that he’ll be able to enforce his decree. Iraq is fast...
Amid the rhetoric exchanged between Iran and the United States over how most key figures do not want a direct conflict, actually one party does — Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Each time President Donald Trump or Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...
When former Miss Lebanon runner-up Michele Hajal died of cancer this month, Arab social media was abuzz about her tragic fate. For many Lebanese, the 25-year-old beauty queen’s death personified mounting fears about living in a country where the air, water, and soil are...
The global transition to cleaner fuels is the underlying driver of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 campaign to diversify its economy away from oil. No wonder then that massive clean energy investments are a major component of the country’s development targets. Fizzled attempts...
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...