Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation

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by James M. Dorsey Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise questions about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s concept of a moderate form of Islam.… Continue Reading  

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history. His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities… Continue Reading  

Reexamining US Mideast Policy after the Jerusalem Proclamation

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by Robert E. Hunter President Donald Trump’s official proclamation that the US accepts Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, along with preparations to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv, has predictably upset apple carts across the Middle East… Continue Reading  

Europe and Iran’s Threat Perception

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by Eldar Mamedov At the end of November, a delegation of senior European lawmakers visited Iran. The delegation was chaired by Janusz Lewandowski from Poland, a former EU commissioner, representing the center-right European People´s Party, the largest bloc in the… Continue Reading  

A Pakistani-US Collision in the Making

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By James M. Dorsey A recent government surrender to militant demands for stricter adherence to Islam mediated by the military coupled with the release from house arrest of a militant leader designated by the United Nations and the United States… Continue Reading