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Ali Shihabi talks to the BBC about MBS’s aims for US visit and Yemen

Saudi Arabia always has to have a close relationship with the US government and the crown prince has worked hard to cultivate a close relationship with the Trump Administration just as his antecedents did with previous presidents.Read More

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Ali Shihabi joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss KSA reform under MBS

  In general, there is a meeting of minds between Saudi Arabia and the US on the need to combat […]Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses MBS visit to US on CNNi’s Quest Means Business

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit will focus on telling America’s leading companies that Saudi Arabia is “open for business.”Read More

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NPR: Ali Shihabi & Bernard Haykel on US perceptions of KSA

Despite an alliance spanning seventy-five years, most Americans have an unfavorable view of Saudi Arabia.Read More

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Ali Shihabi speaks to BBC News Hour about MBS’s track record to date

For the last fifty years, the Kingdom’s rulers have kicked a lot of pressing issues down the road.Read More

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Ali Shihabi breaks down Saudi Arabia’s military reshuffle for the BBC

The crown prince initiated a comprehensive restructuring plan for the defense ministry three years ago when he was appointed minister of defense and the new appointments to the ministry should be viewed through that lens.Read More

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Firas Maksad speaks about US strategy in Syria in the post-ISIS era with France 24

The American decision to defend itself and its ally, the SDF, against an attack by forces backed by the Assad regime across the Euphrates de-confliction zone is the first real test of the Trump Administration’s new Syria policy.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses the imperative behind Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive on NPR

The sheer scale of corruption, manifested in the routine inflation of government contracts to two to three times their actual value, with the largesse shared among business elites and members of the royal family, was untenable.Read More

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Fatima Abo Alasrar sheds light on south Yemen clashes

This weekend’s fighting in Aden between forces allied with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi is rooted in the continuous political marginalization of south Yemenis and not the current conflict with the Iran-backed...Read More

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Firas Maksad updates Al-Jazeera English on Turkey’s Afrin Incursion and US Strategy in Syria

Turkey is squeezed in Syria as a result of US support for the YPG and Russia’s failure to uphold its commitment to create de-escalation zones in the country’s north.Read More

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