Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf

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by Eldar Mamedov  Recent years have seen a rise of what could be described as Arab neoconservatives: ambitious leaders such as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.… Continue Reading  

Challenging the Saudi Crown Prince: Alwaleed bin Talal toughs it out

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by James M. Dorsey Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a fight that could challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin… Continue Reading  

The Challenge of Saudi-Israeli Intelligence-Sharing

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by Emile Nakhleh Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council. These relations, however, accelerated significantly during… Continue Reading  

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  

Regime Change in Iran By Other Means

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by Mitchell Plitnick While the Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) is far from safe from attacks by Donald Trump, it is becoming clear that a Plan B is being put in motion. The United States… Continue Reading