MbS: Pride Cometh Before the Fall?

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by Shireen Hunter Until only a few months ago, Saudi Arabia’s conduct of its domestic and foreign policies was largely characterized by a good deal of caution, a lack of bombast, and a respect for established traditions. One area where… Continue Reading  

The Real Causes of America’s Troubled Relations with Iran

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by Shireen Hunter      In his speech describing America’s new approach towards Iran, Donald Trump accused it of responsibility for just about all of the ills of the Middle East and South West Asia. He went as far as… Continue Reading  

Why Tehran Should Balance Its Relations with Baghdad and Irbil

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by Shireen Hunter    When the issue of a referendum in Kurdistan on its eventual independence from Iraq emerged, Iran expressed its concerns about the disintegrative dynamics that this act could set in motion not just in Iraq but throughout… Continue Reading  

Iran Needs a National and Realistic Foreign Policy

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by Shireen Hunter The worsening relations between the United States and Iran since the election of Donald Trump reached a fever pitch with the president’s speech at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s response to it. President… Continue Reading  

Muqtada al-Sadr’s Saudi Visit and Iraq’s Shifting Shia Politics

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by Shireen Hunter   Last week, the Iraqi Shia cleric and the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the power behind the throne. In… Continue Reading