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Why Qatar, and Why Now?

Last week’s dramatic coordinated move by four Arab states—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt—to sever diplomatic ties and close all air, land, and sea borders with the oil-rich Arab Gulf state of Qatar appears, on the surface,...Read More

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Qatar’s Moment of Truth

While the crisis brought about by the Saudi/Emirati/Bahraini/Egyptian decision to cut diplomatic ties and sever air, sea, and overland links with Qatar will, in all likelihood, end with Doha’s capitulation on a number of key issues, the precise trajectory to...Read More

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Regional showdown puts Qatar on its back-foot

The unprecedented decision by seven countries, led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, closing their land, sea, and airspace in the process, is a significant escalation that will likely force...Read More

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The Saudi rebuke of Islamic ‘extremism’ (The Washington Times)

Saudi Arabia has long been accused of financing and encouraging terrorism. The latest proof that the accusation is false was a little noticed event during President Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh. Mr. Trump, Saudi King Salman and more than 50...Read More

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Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won’t help us fight terrorism (The Washington Post)

Terrorism is a problem that we all still struggle to understand. That challenge only increases when partisan politics are injected into the mix. This is what happened earlier this month, when President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, provoking the publication of...Read More

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The US-Saudi Reset

Imagery and symbolism can be powerful factors in shaping new realities, and whether it is US President Donald Trump joining in a traditional sword dance, or hundreds of young Saudis riding their Harley-Davidsons to welcome the US president, the symbolic...Read More

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Vision 2030: A Report Card To Date

Vision 2030 was announced just over a year ago. The Vision’s aim: to move Saudi Arabia in a new direction—socially, culturally, institutionally, and of course, economically. Critics said it was too ambitious; optimists rebutted with enthusiasm; and, pragmatists argued that...Read More

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ISIS’s Real Target: Saudi Arabia (Fox News)

Fox News As custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, and as leader of the 41-nation Islamic coalition established to combat terror, Saudi Arabia is on the front line of the global fight against radical jihadi terrorism. It is...Read More

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What Saudi Arabia Needs to Hear From Trump (New York Times)

New York Times WASHINGTON — When Air Force One touches down in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week, President Trump can be sure of one thing: His Saudi hosts have firmly pressed the reset button on a relationship that became strained...Read More

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Why Trump Chose Saudi Arabia as his First Foreign Visit (Fox News)

Fox News President Trump just announced that Saudi Arabia will be the first foreign country he visits as president, underscoring both the success of Saudi outreach to the new administration, and the determination of this President to recommit to the...Read More

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