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As U.S.-Iran Tensions Grow, Iraqis Suffer (Bloomberg Opinion | Geneive Abdo)

Iraq is again in turmoil: It remains without a government two months after national elections, and there have been widespread protests over electricity shortages and lack of public services.Read More

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Russia Got Me Fired From the U.N. (Politico | Gregory D. Johnsen)

When my phone buzzed at 1:11 p.m. on a Friday afternoon this past March, I knew there was a problem. I had been expecting an email from New York, not a WhatsApp message asking if I had “a minute” to...Read More

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The reality of Islamic State in Iraq (Reuters | Geneive Abdo)

At his post-summit press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Donald Trump praised the United States’ “successful campaign” that had “just about eradicated” Islamic State in Syria.Read More

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The illusion of a US-Russia grand bargain over Syria and Ukraine (The National | Firas Maksad)

In the lead up to the US-Russia summit in Helsinki on Monday, there is much speculation in Washington, as well as in many Middle Eastern and European capitals, about the prospects of presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin striking a...Read More

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The Gulf Cooperation Council: When the Sum Is Lesser Than Its Parts

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and formed the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ).Read More

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When Did the War in Yemen Begin? (Lawfare | Ruwanthika Gunaratne & Gregory D. Johnsen)

Over the last several days Emirati, Saudi, and Yemeni troops launched an offensive aimed at recapturing the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.Read More

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Sorry, Iran, China Isn’t Going to Save You (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo)

The Donald Trump administration’s determination to squeeze Iran economically after withdrawing from the nuclear deal is already succeeding on one front: frightening European investors out of making deals with Teheran.Read More

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Women Behind the Wheel, Activists Behind Bars: Paradoxes on the Path to Reform in Saudi Arabia

On June 24, as many as two thousand Saudi women will get behind the wheel for the first time in the kingdom’s history.Read More

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Saudi Reform: Essential but Perilous (Hoover Institution | Ali Shihabi)

Saudi Arabia is undergoing a perilous, but essential transformation.Read More

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Social Reform in the Kingdom: Between “Westernizers” and “Guardians of Virtue” (Hoover Institution | Cole Bunzel)

“These astonishing things that have been happening in the Land of the Two Holy Places … if King Abd al-Aziz were to come out of his grave and witness them, he would not believe that this is his kingdom that...Read More

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