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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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Aden’s violence and restoring Yemen’s national consensus

During the past week, clashes have erupted in Aden between supporters of the “Southern Transitional Council” and security forces of the Yemeni government. The clashes have so far resulted in hundreds of casualties, according to unconfirmed press reports, including over 30 fatalities.

January 30, 2018

US Syria policy leaves many questions unanswered

It is fair to say that US policy in Syria has become less clear as the defeat of Daesh nears completion.

January 21, 2018

US is leading the way in challenging Iran

US President Donald Trump has given the Iran nuclear deal a “last chance” and for the final time waived sanctions related to its nuclear program. If the agreement’s “disastrous flaws” are not fixed within 120 days, Trump says the US will withdraw from the deal.

January 14, 2018

Stimulus to help Saudi households drive growth revival

Last Friday, Saudi Arabia announced details of a new financial package to help citizens cope with the higher price of energy.

January 08, 2018

Iran’s winter of discontent

It is too early to determine where Iran’s protests are going: To change the regime or reform it. Are they the beginning of a revolution against the regime or a mere adjustment in its policies?

January 01, 2018

Saudi transformation in 2017 and the year ahead

To say that 2017 was an eventful year for Saudi Arabia is an understatement. It was full of great achievements, formidable challenges, and some surprises. Regional and international events aside, domestically Saudi Arabia went through a real transformation in governance and economic policy.

December 25, 2017

GCC agrees further integration at annual summit

Gulf leaders made significant progress on three key issues during talks at the 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on Dec. 5, ensuring the meeting in Kuwait could be regarded as a great success.

December 18, 2017

US stands alone on Jerusalem

When US President Donald Trump issued the “Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem” last week, the statement contained several caveats about what the proclamation does not mean, but those

December 11, 2017

Saleh paid with his life for defying Iran

Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday paid with his life for defying the Iranian-backed Houthi militias. Many Yemenis have met similar fates when they dared to stand in the way of the Houthi project.

December 05, 2017

How not to lose the peace in Iraq

The defeat of Daesh is imminent, despite isolated pockets where the terror organization still has a presence. A complete victory over Daesh would be a great achievement for Iraq and the international community, and a successful model for fighting terrorism.

November 26, 2017