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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.
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.
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.
Bezos blackmail case against The National Enquirer reveals MbS’ hand in manipulating Western media coverage of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The ongoing diplomatic and political crisis between Qatar and the UAE, which began in June 2017, overshadowed the UAE-hosted Asian Cup 2019.