Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, protests in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo, Norway, (Ryan Rodrick Beiler via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially… Continue Reading  

Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia: Will the U.S. Have to Pick a Side?

Mohammed bin Salman and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Derek Davison In the mid-twentieth century, U.S. Middle East policy rested primarily on its alliances with three major regional players: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The alliance with Iran was, of course, broken in the wake of the 1979… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance?

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by Peter Salisbury In September, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, failed to bring the parties to the table in Geneva after last-minute wrangling. This time he hopes to have better success. The Houthis arrived in Sweden on December… Continue Reading  

Senate Rebukes Trump But Yemen War Not Over Yet

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by Kate Kizer and Laila Ujayli On Wednesday morning, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took to the Senate floor and announced that he and his colleagues would soon be voting on one of the most serious foreign policy issues in some… Continue Reading  

Trump Runs PR for the Saudis But Congress Can Shut Him Down

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by Kate Kizer Last week’s absurd statement from the White House was supposed to resolve any lingering questions about Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by the Saudi government. Instead, the statement only made clear that Donald Trump will do… Continue Reading