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Assad’s backers might have won him the war – but now they need US help (The National | Firas Maksad)

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently floated a proposal to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, envisioning a reduced Iranian military footprint in Syria – where Russia, Israel and the US all have interests – in return for the US scaling back...Read More

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A Saudi-Qatari Détente at the GCC Summit?

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...Read More

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Iran’s support for the Houthis means it must have no role in Yemen’s future (Reaction|Norman Roule)

The Trump administration’s call for renewed peace negotiations to end the Yemen conflict, the subsequent decision to end refueling support to the Arab Coalition aircraft, and indications that the hitherto unreliable Houthis may actually attend negotiations have all ignited hopes...Read More

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Here’s Why a Yemen Breakthrough is Unlikely

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.Read More

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The US Cannot End Yemen’s War Alone

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.Read More

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Saudi Arabia Post the Khashoggi Tragedy

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.Read More

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Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo)

It took five months since Iraq’s national elections, but the country finally has a new prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi.Read More

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The Two Faces of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (War on the Rocks | Gregory D. Johnsen)

About a decade ago, four men sat down in front of a video camera in a safe house in Yemen and started to record.Read More

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A Regional Stage Set for Violent Escalation

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.Read More

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What Rouhani’s Speech at the UN Reveals about Iran (The National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani certainly received a warmer welcome at the United Nations General Assembly this week than President Donald Trump, but an examination of Rouhani’s misleading statements on the Middle East should raise eyebrows.Read More

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