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The Iranian Threat: The Saudi Perspective (LSE Middle East Centre | Ali Shihabi)

Since 1979, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen itself as facing a radical, militaristic and expansionist Iran that leverages Shi’a disenfranchisement, local power vacuums and a vast and growing network of well-armed and well-trained proxies to export its Islamic...Read More

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In Hodeidah, the Status Quo is Not an Option

In Yemen, zero hour is here. Yemeni forces, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have commenced operations to liberate Hodeidah, the country’s second-largest port city and lifeline to the outside world, from the Houthi militias that have...Read More

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Assault on Yemen’s Al Hudaydah Would Be Catastrophic (New York Times | Gregory D. Johnsen)

More than three years into its pitiless war, the specter of more death, displacement and hunger is looming over Yemen.Read More

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The Battle for Hodeidah: Two Views on What’s at Stake

Hodeidah, Yemen’s fourth-largest city (population 400,000), is strategically situated on the Red Sea coast and houses the only major port under Houthi control.Read More

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Iranian Missiles and Ending the War in Yemen (Just Security | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Yesterday, the Treasury Department levied sanctions against five Iranian officials for smuggling ballistic missiles to Yemen, which violated a UN Security Council Resolution.Read More

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Trump just accelerated Iran’s implosion (The Washington Post | Geneive Abdo)

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal signed with Iran and the European powers in 2015 doesn’t just make it likelier that Iran, too, will abandon the treaty and renew its push to make a bomb.Read More

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Hezbollah and Lebanon’s 2018 Elections: What’s At Stake

On Sunday, May 6, the Lebanese people will be voting to elect a new parliament for the first time in nine years.Read More

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In Yemen, Houthis Lose Their President

Last Thursday, Ansarullah lost one of its key leaders, Supreme Political Council (SPC) president Saleh al-Sammad, in an Arab Coalition air strike.Read More

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It’s not the West that will trigger regime change in Iran. It’s protest from within. (The Washington Post | Geneive Abdo)

When we hear about Iran, it’s in the context of its battles with the West. But the country also faces deep internal strife, most recently including mass protests in southwestern Iran.Read More

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Saudi Crown Prince woos Amazon, Lockheed and others to build a tech hub (CNBC | Ellen R. Wald)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman just capped off a three-week tour across the United States.Read More

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