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Deep divisions mark the opening of UN General Assembly

  • Not since the Cold War has the world been as divided as it appeared on the opening day of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate on Tuesday. Heads of state and government, foreign ministers and lesser diplomats from around the world are taking turns this week to speak in this annual ritual, w...
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Could Al-Zawahiri’s killing end Taliban’s isolation?

  • The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri on Sunday underscored a major dilemma facing the international community in its dealings with the Taliban: Whether to provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people while they are governed by an extremist group insistent on flouting interna...
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Pushback against Iran needed irrespective of Vienna talks

  • Since mid-March, the Vienna talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have stalled because Tehran introduced a new condition, unrelated to the nuclear deal, demanding the lifting of the US’ designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Since the...
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Unintended regional consequences of the Ukraine war

  • The geopolitical shifts caused by the war in Ukraine have been unexpectedly dramatic and certainly unintended. The new cold war between East and West is intensifying along a new front. Europe is uniting, NATO is expanding and the Western alliance in general is being reinvigorated after years of...
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GCC meetings with Russia, Ukraine provide opening for diplomacy

  • Last week’s twin meetings between the Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers and officials from Russia and Ukraine provided an opportunity to clarify the GCC’s position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and explore avenues for cooperation with the two countries. The bloc enjoyed close economic...
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Iran’s seizure of Greek tankers threatens regional maritime security

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps revealed on Friday that it had seized two oil tankers belonging to Greece, which has accused Tehran of piracy for its taking of Delta Poseidon and Prudent Warrior. In already-jittery energy markets, the attacks have had a destabilizing effect, at least ...
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Ill-timed congressional letter misses the point on Saudi Arabia and Yemen

  • Last week, some 30 members of the US Congress sent a letter requesting information from Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the status of the Biden administration’s “review and assessment of the US-Saudi relationship.” The letter suggested the need for a “recalibration” of that relationship, c...
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Riyadh talks turn a new page in Yemen crisis

  • The talks on Yemen in Riyadh last week succeeded even before they started — and their eventual outcomes exceeded expectations. As soon as the Gulf Cooperation Council announced its intention to host intra-Yemeni consultations over a 10-day period (March 29 to April 7), unstoppable momentum was ...
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GCC-hosted Yemeni talks could be a game changer

  • The Yemeni-Yemeni talks hosted by the Gulf Cooperation Council next week could be a game changer for the country. Over 10 days (March 29 to April 7), scores of Yemeni politicians from the government, the two houses of parliament, members of political parties of different stripes and many unaffi...
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Urgent need for greater GCC-US partnership on regional security

  • Riyadh last Wednesday hosted an important GCC-US security meeting, which focused on maritime security and missile defense. Working groups on these two subjects were formed in 2015 under the GCC-US Strategic Partnership framework that was set up following the meeting between GCC leaders and Pres...
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