Saudi Arabia v. Morocco: Competing for the Mantle of Moderate Islam

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by James M. Dorsey Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Middle East: A Primer

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by Emile Nakhleh Middle East leaders and publics, like the rest of the world, were stunned by the election results and the ascendance of Donald J. Trump to the White House. Middle East autocrats, like those elsewhere in the world,… Continue Reading  

Operations in Yemen: What’s Afoot?

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by James Spencer The conflict in Yemen is frequently described as sectarian, with the Houthis usually described as “Shi’a.” In fact, the situation in Yemen, tragic as it is for Yemenis caught up in it, is far more political than… Continue Reading  

Saudis Attack Houthis: Confusion, Foreboding

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by Sheila Carapico There have been numerous reports of Saudi bombardment of Houthi targets inside Yemen, starting with the Houthi homeland in Sa’ada province but extending as far south as the Anad airbase in Lahj in the south. Early reports indicate… Continue Reading