Saudi Claims to Ease Yemen Blockade a Cruel Fiction

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by Kristine Beckerle Saudi Arabia today attempted to sell its changes to the full blockade on all Yemen land, air, and sea ports as concrete humanitarian progress today. They aren’t.

Rentierism and Rivalry Between Riyadh and Tehran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In response to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has long pursued a strategy of counterbalancing, extending its security umbrella to cover the kingdom and the GCC states. But as promises of security… Continue Reading  

Murder in The Hague: Saudi-Iranian Proxy War Heats Up

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by James M. Dorsey Shot dead this week on a street in The Hague, Ahmad Mola Nissi may have died the violent life he lived, but his murder suggests a possible retching up of the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran… Continue Reading  

Tillerson’s Vanishing Act While the Middle East Is Burning

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by Emile Nakhleh Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) recent purge of his opponents in Saudi Arabia and his bellicose rhetoric toward Iran and Hezbollah threaten to plunge the region into more destructive military clashes. MbS’s bellicosity toward Iran and other state… Continue Reading  

Saad Hariri’s Saudi Resignation: Good News for Iran and Hezbollah

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by Aurélie Daher At the end of October, Sunni Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, an ally of the West and of Saudi Arabia, went to Riyadh for an official visit. On November 1, back in Beirut, he announced that… Continue Reading