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Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg is the GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs & Negotiation, and a columnist for Arab News. The views expressed in this piece are personal and do not necessarily represent GCC views. Twitter: @abuhamad1

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Iran’s doublespeak on peace and security

According to the Arms Control Association, a disarmament group, the Syrian regime and its allies have carried out dozens of chemical attacks since December 2012, including several in 2018, killing and injuring thousands of innocent civilians.

April 08, 2018

Why the Houthis have escalated the Yemen crisis

While the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths was on his first visit to Sana’a on March 25, Houthi militias fired seven ballistic missiles aimed at four Saudi cities — the largest number of missiles launched in one day since the beginning of the war.

April 01, 2018

New UN envoy to Yemen must confront the Houthis

Martin Griffiths, the UN’s newly appointed Special Envoy to Yemen, arrived in Sana’a on Saturday on his first official visit to the country.

March 25, 2018

Russia has a duty to account for Salisbury nerve agent

British Prime Minister Theresa May last week announced that former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a Novichok military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia.

March 18, 2018

Crown Prince reenergizes Saudi-UK partnership

While in London before and during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the UK last week, it was quite clear to me that officials and businesses were exceptionally excited he had chosen to visit Britain during his first foreign tour since becoming Crown Prince.

March 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia harnesses the energy of youth

As Mohammed bin Salman embarks on his first foreign visit as Crown Prince, it is important to understand the dramatic changes announced last Monday.

March 05, 2018

Yemen must save itself from ruinous gun culture

The United States and Yemen top the list of gun ownership worldwide. There are about 113 guns for every 100 Americans, according to a Congressional Research Service report. There are no reliable comparable statistics for Yemen, but estimates vary at between 55 and 300 guns for every 100 people.

February 26, 2018

$30bn to rebuild Iraq, now the hard work begins

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi received resounding endorsements from most participants at last week’s Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait, attended by thousands of delegates from over 70 countries, and hundreds of NGOs and private companies.

February 19, 2018

Rebuilding Iraq begins with security and reconciliation

A series of high-level meetings in Kuwait later this week represent the most significant push so far to stabilize Iraq following the defeat of Daesh.

February 11, 2018