Saudi Diplomatic Offensive: Forget Khashoggi, Thwart Qatar

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by James M. Dorsey As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist… Continue Reading  

Our Man in Riyadh

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by Andrew Bacevich What does President Trump’s recent nomination of retired Army General John Abizaid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia signify? Next to nothing — and arguably quite a lot. Abizaid’s proposed appointment is both a… Continue Reading  

Recurring Regional Crisis: Blame Chessboard Diplomacy

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by Shireen T. Hunter    The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, apparently by order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has opened a debate on the wisdom of the West’s treatment of Saudi Arabia. This is but the latest… Continue Reading  

Planet of War

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by Danny Sjursen American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s So-Called ISIS Families

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by Belkis Wille Across Iraq, there are men, women and children – perhaps over 100,000 if one extrapolates from statistics the government has issued on people detained on terror charges – that society has labeled “ISIS families.” In some cases,… Continue Reading