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In place of ideology, today’s Iranian protests simply demand change (The Washington Post | Ellen R. Wald)

For Americans, the image of Iranians marching together on cold city streets and shouting slogans in Farsi drew immediate, hopeful comparisons to the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah.Read More

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Will Iran’s Latest Protest Movement Tip the Scales?

Iranian protesters calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down are crossing new boundaries, placing the future of the system of theocratic government in question.Read More

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Saudi Arabia is trying to contain the spread of Salafism. (The Washington Post | Abdo & Hendawy)

Months before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his anticorruption drive against billionaires, he first silenced, detained and, in some cases, imprisoned, members of the kingdom’s religious eliteRead More

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Saudi-Emirati overture on Yemen deepens Houthi isolation

Wednesday’s tripartite meeting among Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin ZayedRead More

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Saudi Arabia’s New Foreign Policy Doctrine

King Salman’s 2015 accession to the throne and the subsequent appointment of Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)Read More

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An Emboldened Iran Has Begun to Seek out the Geopolitical Spotlight (The National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

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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Saleh’s death: The end of a Yemeni affair

This week’s dramatic events in Yemen, leading up to the assassination of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, left many struggling toRead More

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Why the Saudi “Purge” Is Not What It Seems to Be

This past weekend, Saudi Arabia detained numerous members of the royal family, as well as current and formerRead More

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No IMF, Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Actually Need $70 Oil (Forbes | Ellen R. Wald)

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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Visions And Misperceptions On The Road To An Aramco IPO (Forbes)

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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