Washington and Riyadh: Fading Memory of 9/11?

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by Emile Nakhleh The terror attacks of 9/11 have become a distant memory in US-Saudi relations. Washington’s recent multi-billion American arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, its continued coddling of the Saudi regime, and the absence of American moral… Continue Reading  

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

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by James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North… Continue Reading  

President Obama and the Saudi Allies: It’s Complicated

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by Cinzia Bianco and Giorgio Cafiero Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, the U.S. has faced unprecedented challenges across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Obama administration’s response to these crises has created substantial friction between Washington and some of… Continue Reading