The Discontents of the Saudi “Moderate Islam” Project

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by Eldar Mamedov Expanding on his vision of a new Saudi Arabia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) announced a pledge a few days ago to promote “moderate Islam” and “eradicate all remnants of extremism in the near future.”… Continue Reading  

Crown Prince Mohammed’s Vow to Moderate Saudi Islam: Easier Said Than Done

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by James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent disavowal of the kingdom’s founding religious ideology had a master’s voice quality to it. His words could have literally come out of the mouth of his Emirati counterpart and mentor, Crown… Continue Reading  

Washington Does Have a Clear Middle East Policy—It’s Just the Wrong One

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by Graham E. Fuller  Washington media, think tanks, various commentators and now John McCain continue hammering on an old theme— that the US has “no policy towards the Middle East.” This is fake analysis. In fact the US very much… Continue Reading  

Gulf Dispute Heightens US Frustration with Saudis

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by Giorgio Cafiero Nearly five months after the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ)—Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, Washington is coming to terms with its limited capacity to push the involved parties… Continue Reading  

A Vote This Week Could End U.S. Role In Yemen War

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by Kate Kizer and William D. Hartung Yemen is in the midst of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in modern times, and the United States and its allies in Saudi Arabia bear a large part of the responsibility. A… Continue Reading