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What Tillerson’s exit means for efforts to resolve GCC crisis

  • The firing earlier this week of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson happened just ahead of three official visits to Washington, during which the Qatar-centered diplomatic crisis will top the administration’s agenda. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to arrive on Monday, followed at the end...
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Syria: Americans withdraw, Iranians stay

  • Apart from defeating Daesh, the presence of American troops has had no critical role in the Syrian war. However, their withdrawal would make it easier for the Iranian regime to complete ‘the final chapter’ of its full takeover of Syria, and control over Iraq and Lebanon....
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Trump’s Syria missile threat will achieve little, if anything

  • “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’,” US President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday, referring to the missiles he plans to launch at Syrian regime targets following Saturday’s chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. Given Russia’s warnings...
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France seeks a more active Middle East role

  • France has colonial ties with a quarter of the Arab world, but the long shadow of violent wars of independence and a focus on West Africa have meant that it always held back from taking a lead role in the region. However, in a departure from his predecessors, President Emmanuel Macron has shown...
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Saudi cinema goes back to the past... and 1979 is gone with the wind

  • ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ is a movie title that is engraved in my memory for one simple reason — I watched that film in a movie theater in Riyadh 40 years ago! I watched it before cinemas were banned after the ‘1979 revolution’ in Iran, and their doors closed; closing with them a complete social...
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The world awaits Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal

  • In a little over two weeks, US President Donald Trump will have decided whether to give up on or keep the nuclear deal with Iran. Either way, this decision will have many important consequences. But before talking about what the resolution means, we have to know the atmosphere that ...
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Challenges ahead as Al-Sadr, Abadi seek coalition deal

  • Following parliamentary elections this month, Iraqis are now waiting for an agreement that will lead to the formation of a new government. The most likely scenario — a deal between the bloc led by current Prime Minister Haider Abadi and the list loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr — would co...
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Vision 2030 can take Saudi Arabia back to the future

  • As its name suggests, Saudi Vision 2030 is charting a new course for the Kingdom’s future. With innovative mega-projects like Neom, the Red Sea Project and Al-Qiddiya, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the architect of the Vision, and his deputies are looking to transform Saudi Arabia’s economy...
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Essential American principle of liberty is under threat

  • As if the current US administration had not done enough to harm the United States’ international reputation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley announced this week that the US will leave the UN Human Rights Council. The move was poorly timed, as observers l...
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UAE sets precedent for Arabs in space

  • On Sept. 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy proudly declared to the American people: “We choose to go to the moon.” As those historic words boomed from the podium, he invoked the spirit of American ingenuity, determination and resolve. Through dedicated efforts of continued innovation and dev...
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