Trump’s Jerusalem Decision and the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

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by Giorgio Cafiero It is too early to assess the long-term impact of Donald Trump’s incendiary decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and upend US foreign policy by moving Washington’s embassy. Nonetheless, one close US ally—Saudi Arabia—may pay a… Continue Reading  

The Challenge of Saudi-Israeli Intelligence-Sharing

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by Emile Nakhleh Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council. These relations, however, accelerated significantly during… Continue Reading  

Saudi Prince Mohammed’s Achilles Heel

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by James M. Dorsey Emboldened by perceived White House support, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears to have stepped up his risky, so far faltering effort to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East. The kingdom, despite Prime Minister Saad… Continue Reading  

Saad Hariri’s Saudi Resignation: Good News for Iran and Hezbollah

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by Aurélie Daher At the end of October, Sunni Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, an ally of the West and of Saudi Arabia, went to Riyadh for an official visit. On November 1, back in Beirut, he announced that… Continue Reading  

Regime Change in Iran By Other Means

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by Mitchell Plitnick While the Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is far from safe from attacks by Donald Trump, it is becoming clear that a Plan B is being put in motion. The United States… Continue Reading