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US’ 30 years from diplomatic primacy to paralysis

  • Thirty years ago this week, the US’ power was at its zenith, militarily and diplomatically. On Jan. 17, 1991, it launched the war to dislodge Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait, and with it drove away doubts about America’s commitment to world peace. In the lead-up to that date, the US was abl...
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GCC back to full force thanks to AlUla reconciliation

  • GCC leaders at the summit in AlUla. (AFP) A new page was turned in the intra-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) plus Egypt dispute last week. During the GCC summit, Egypt and the GCC member states signed the “AlUla Statement,” ending a three-and-a-half-year-long boycott of Qatar...
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How Biden can start restoring America’s global leadership

  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he departs Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., October 8, 2020. (Reuters) The political bickering and mudslinging in Washington has seriously eroded America’s global leadership and comes on the heels of its inability...
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How to expand the China-GCC strategic partnership

  • China enjoys warm ties with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council states. Most GCC countries have upgraded their engagement with China to a “strategic partnership,” with close cooperation in all fields, including political and security areas. While these developments are important and...
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Reviving Russia’s Gulf security proposal faces more hurdles

  • When Joe Biden is sworn in as US president in January, one of the critical issues his administration will have to address is superpower rivalry in the Gulf. The Obama administration’s toolbox may no longer be adequate to do the job; competitors may have some contrarian views on the matter, incl...
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Manama Dialogue sparks new thinking on negotiations with Iran

  • Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan addresses the Manama Dialogue security conference in the Bahraini capital, Dec. 5, 2020. (AFP) The Manama Dialogue concluded on Sunday after two days of intensive discussions, mostly in person, with its usual focus on Gulf security....
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Five reasons why the US should remain engaged in the Gulf

  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. (Reuters) Serious discussions are taking place in Washington and Gulf capitals about the shape of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-US relations under President-elect Joe Biden. The prospect of the new administration focusing internally on fighting th...
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Key takeaways from an unprecedented G20 summit

  • European Council President Charles Michel participates in a virtual G20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the Europa building, Brussels. (AP Photo) On Sunday, the G20 virtual summit concluded a year of around-the-clock work by the Saudi presidency of the group from December 201...
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GCC-US strategic partnership to endure under Biden

  • US VP Joe Biden and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo) As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, Gulf security will be among the key issues the new administration will have to deal with. As vice pre...
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The symbolism of Kamala Harris’ election viewed from the Gulf

  • Kamala Harris launches her presidential campaign at a rally at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in her hometown of Oakland, California, Jan. 27, 2019. (Reuters) It was noticeable that when Saudi leaders congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on winning the US election, they also sent formal...
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