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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. London was beside itself with...
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Why Yemen’s fifth truce failed

  • Last week, the United Nations announced a 72-hour truce in Yemen, starting Thursday morning (Oct. 20). UN Special envoy announced that he had secured agreement by the government and the rebels on a cessation of hostilities that would include the immediate reactivation of the De-escalation and...
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UN doublespeak on Yemen

  • The United Nations Security Council’s position on Houthis has been very clear since the Iran-backed militia overthrew Yemen’s democratically elected government in September 2014.The UNSC condemned the coup and imposed sanctions on its leaders. The Security Council left no doubt that it considered...
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GCC, Russia resume dialogue

  • On May 26, the GCC-Russia Strategic Dialogue ministerial meeting was held in Moscow. The meeting was marked by candid discussions about regional issues, as relations with Russia had seen sharp fluctuations over the past few years.It was the first time such a meeting was held in Russia, which was...
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Rouhani’s diplomacy, Jaafari’s actions

  • Ever since the nuclear deal was signed last year, Iran’s civilian leaders, especially President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif, have expressed interest in dialogue with their neighbors. However, Iran’s religious and military leaders have managed to frustrate such initiatives, by emphasizing...
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No change in Iran after N-deal

  • Despite the euphoric fanfare in Vienna on Jan. 16 announcing the start of implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal, we have seen no signs of possible change in Iran’s regional policies. It has yet to apologize for the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in early January or restrain its proxies in...
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King’s vision for development

  • The address given by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the Shoura Council last Wednesday (Dec. 23) was his first since ascending the throne in January. The address, delivered at the start of the fourth year of the sixth session of the Council, covered economic, political and...
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King’s vision for GCC

  • The meeting of the GCC heads of state last week in Riyadh (Dec. 9- 10) was the first GCC summit Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chaired since ascending to the throne in January 2015. At the summit, he presented a new and comprehensive vision that was endorsed enthusiastically by all...
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UN and neighborhood gentrification

  • When you step into the United Nations complex in New York, there is very little that betrays the humble beginnings of its Turtle Bay neighborhood.In 1945, the UN founders were at a loss to find a suitable area to build their headquarters. After the Charter was adopted at the conclusion of the San...
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EU, GCC and Syrian refugees

  • I write this week from New York, where some European officials have raised the issue of Syrian refugees at the United Nations Generally Assembly. The impetus is clear: Europe is unwilling to take in the trickle of refugees who have managed to make it to its borders despite the obstacles. However,...
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