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The Saudi-led Red Sea Alliance Aims to Isolate Iran and Protect Israel

The Saudi-led Red Sea Alliance Aims to Isolate Iran and Protect Israel

In a growing international power struggle over regional influence in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia appears to be consolidating its control of the Red Sea by establishing a security alliance as part of a strategy to protect Israel and contain Iran.
Mass Executions in Saudi Arabia What Is MbS After

Mass Executions in Saudi Arabia: What Is MbS After?

Having survived the Khashoggi scandal with seeming impunity, MbS’ recent mass executions and an actual crucifixion in Saudi Arabia during the Easter holidays indicates his resolve to consolidate political authority at home and ride the U.S.-led anti-Iran wave in the region.
Did Saudi Arabia Help Saudi Hit-and-Run Offender Flee Justice in the US

Did Saudi Arabia Help Saudi Hit-and-Run Offender Flee Justice in the US?

U.S. officials suspect their Saudi counterparts of illegally preventing Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, along with several other Saudi nationals, from prosecution in the U.S. justice system by spiriting him out of the country. If true, this is yet another reason for the U.S. to disavow its special relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Involvement in Bezos Blackmail Reflects MbS’ Preoccupation with Western Media

Saudi Involvement in Bezos Blackmail Reflects MbS’ Preoccupation with Western Media

Bezos blackmail case against The National Enquirer reveals MbS’ hand in manipulating Western media coverage of Saudi Arabia.
France’s Expanding Military Influence in the Arabian Gulf

France’s Expanding Military Influence in the Arabian Gulf

France’s expanding security presence and interests throughout the Middle East are growing more significant in key theaters, which is bringing Paris front and center in core regional questions. The question is whether Paris can succeed against other powers vying for influence in the region.
Mohammed bin Salman and the “Rational Irrationality” of Saudi Foreign Policy

Mohammed bin Salman and the “Rational Irrationality” of Saudi Foreign Policy

Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions reflect a peculiar logic that makes perfect sense in context: his desire for status and recognition as a strong leader and successful reformer trumps Saudi national interests.
Trump’s Golan Gambit Threatens To Divide Gulf States and Israel and Stir Hezbollah Further

Trump’s Golan Gambit Threatens To Divide Gulf States and Israel and Stir Hezbollah Further

Washington’s support for Golan status may seem like a game to Trump, but it’s one which only plays into the hands of Hezbollah and increases regional tension.
Saudi Lobbying Blocks Listing on EU Dirty Money Blacklist

Saudi Lobbying Blocks Listing on EU Dirty Money Blacklist

Saudi Arabia has won a major battle in Europe through concerted lobbying efforts to reverse its inclusion in the EU’s “blacklist,” intended to penalize countries which fail to combat terrorism financing and money laundering and encourage them to take measures to reform lax regulatory systems.
Trump’s Ongoing Political Predicament Saudi-UAE Coalition Transfers U.S. Arms to Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Trump’s Ongoing Political Predicament: Saudi-UAE Coalition Transfers U.S. Arms to Al-Qaeda in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are supplying U.S. military equipment to al-Qaeda-linked groups in Yemen. The Trump administration now finds itself in a predicament as Congress demands answers to justify this disastrous development.
January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

January’s Asian Cup Semi-Final Soccer Match Further Inflamed UAE-Qatar Tensions

The ongoing diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and the UAE, which began in June 2017, overshadowed the UAE-hosted Asian Cup 2019.