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The Audacity of Iran’s Foreign Minister (The Atlantic | Ali Shihabi)

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 (The National | Firas Maksad)

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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The Significance of the Saudi King’s Trip to Russia

The United Stated ought to take note, as the leaders of the world’s two top oil producing countries, Russia and Saudi Arabia, meet in Moscow for the first time ever this week.Read More

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Saudi Arabia finally allows women to drive — a vital but politically risky move for the Kingdom (Fox News | Ali Shihabi)

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

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How Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up in Iraq (Foreign Affairs | Firas Maksad & Kenneth M. Pollack)

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 death of Abdulhussein Abdulredha and Saudi Arabia’s rebuke of toxic hate tweets (The National | Yousef Alnaimi)

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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A Response to the New York Times and the Washington Post

On August 3 and 5 respectively, the New York Times and the Washington Post published editorials condemning the decision by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme CourtRead More

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Kuwait: A Case Study in the Futility of Accommodating the Iranian Regime

On July 20, 2017, the Kuwaiti government ordered the expulsion of three-quarters of Iran’s diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Alireza Enayati, as well as the closure of the IslamicRead More

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Succession in Iran will escalate tensions (Axios | Ali Shihabi)

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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Exercising at the Hair Salon and Jumping Jacks by the Bell: Saudi Women in Sports Percolating to the Policy Surface

In an interview with CNBC, Lina Al Maeena, the founder of Jeddah United Sports Club (JU), inferred that through sports Saudi women could breakRead More

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