Qatar Frees Itself of OPEC

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by Giorgio Cafiero Qatar’s recent decision to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) effective January 1, 2019 marks the first time a Middle Eastern member has left the cartel. Nonetheless, given Qatar’s national strategic needs and forecasted trends… Continue Reading  

Saudi Diplomatic Offensive: Forget Khashoggi, Thwart Qatar

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by James M. Dorsey As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist… Continue Reading  

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “a Very Dangerous Place”

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by Emile Nakhleh The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s bizarre and strange recent statement giving Saudi Crown… Continue Reading  

Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

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by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Holding Khashoggi’s Murderers Accountable with the Global Magnitsky Act

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by Khalid Al-Jaber Amid the fallout of the Jamal Khashoggi saga, there is growing talk of the U.S. government using the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction certain Saudi individuals connected to the journalist’s premeditated murder. As Democrats prepare to take… Continue Reading