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  

Khashoggi Crisis Reshaping U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia

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by James M. Dorsey The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for. The killing has sparked multiple battles that are likely in coming months to shape relationships ranging from that between the United… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Support for Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

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by William Hartung The Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its continued killing of civilians in Yemen has drawn unprecedented scrutiny to the U.S.-Saudi military relationship. This report looks at that relationship in closer detail, with an eye towards… Continue Reading  

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  

What Do the Midterms Mean for U.S. Mideast Policy?

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by Mitchell Plitnick There are still a few races to be decided, but the overall results of the 2018 midterms are clear. The hoped-for “blue wave” turned out to be a blue trickle, but Donald Trump’s era of completely unfettered… Continue Reading