Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao  When NATO launched Operation Unified Protector against the Libyan regime in 2011, the alliance received support from its own member Turkey, as well as two Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration Must Not Ignore Grievances in Southern Yemen

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Matthew Hedges On July 27, the Saudi-led coalition’s air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile in Taif province, which Houthi rebels fired from Northern Yemen. Despite the successful interception, the launching of this missile, which… Continue Reading  

Addressing Iranian Influence in Iraq

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by Giorgio Cafiero As Iraqis celebrate Mosul’s liberation from the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), their country’s future is anything but certain. Although it is premature to conclude that the fight against IS in Iraq is over, the Trump administration’s… Continue Reading  

Was Emir Tamim’s Speech a Turning Point in the Qatar Crisis?

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by Giorgio Cafiero On July 21, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani delivered his first speech since the “quartet” – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – severed ties with Doha last month. In… Continue Reading  

Macron and the Qatar Crisis

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao France has been one of the key Western states involved in diplomatic efforts to resolve the five-week-old crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). France’s 39-year-old president, Emmanuel Macron, has sought to bring the… Continue Reading