On the Destabilization of the Middle East

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by Derek Davison One of America’s favorite talking points on Iran is its “destabilizing” role in the Middle East. There’s no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that… Continue Reading  

NGOs Back End to America’s Undeclared War in Yemen

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by Derek Davison In addition to its ongoing campaign against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the United States has been instrumental in enabling Saudi Arabia’s effort to reinstall Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, whom rebels drove out of… 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  

Gulf Crisis Set to Escalate

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by James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir… Continue Reading  

No Happy Ending For Devastated Yemen

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by Thomas W. Lippman Somewhere there may be hopeful signs about the stalemated war in Yemen, some optimistic visions about the country’s future, but if so they were not discernible at a well-attended conference in Washington on March 31. Diplomats,… Continue Reading