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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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Russia’s proposal for Gulf security fails to win support

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 9, 2018. (Reuters) Russia last week convened a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Gulf security. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov presided over the virtual meeting, which...
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Saudi Arabia’s recalibration of economic stimuli and fiscal sustainability

  • Newly constructed private villas near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2018. (Reuters) Recent measures taken by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are part of a new generation of fiscal management. They try to maintain a delicate balance by heeding the c...
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King Salman’s UN speech and Saudi foreign policy

  • King Salman addresses the 75th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. (AP Photo) The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic forced the UN to hold its General Assembly remotely this year. This annual ritual has been a centerpiece of UN activity, with sco...
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Defanging the Houthis six years after Sanaa’s fall

  • The UN International Day of Peace, which falls on Sept. 21 every year, is meant to underscore the world community’s longing for peace. For Yemen, it has come to represent anything but peace; it falls on the anniversary of the Houthi militia’s capture of the capital Sanaa in 2014. It is difficu...
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Losing hope in the Middle East is not an option

  • A woman sits amid damaged buildings in the Al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. (Reuters) Foreign Policy magazine this month ran a provocative piece titled, “The End of Hope in the Middle East,” which concluded that the region “has always had problems — but it’s now almost p...
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Foreign aid needs a rethink as a result of COVID-19

  • Traditionally, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been among the most generous aid donors worldwide, at times exceeding the target set by the UN for aid levels. Over the past 10 years alone, they have provided more than $50 billion in grants and much more in loans and other forms...
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UN should hold Iran responsible for fate of Safer tanker

  • FSO Safer is a floating oil storage and offloading vessel that is moored in the Red Sea north of the Yemeni city of Hodeidah. It is holding more than 1.1 million barrels of crude oil. The vessel has not been properly maintained since 2014 and is showing increasing signs of stress. It is now ...
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UN should build on Libyan cease-fire announcements

  • Khalifa Haftar, left, Aguila Saleh Issa, center, and Fayez Al-Sarraj during an International Conference on Libya, Elysee Palace, Paris, May 29, 2018. (AFP) There was a collective sigh of relief when key players in the Libya conflict agreed in statements issued last Frid...
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Turkey’s Mediterranean disputes should be settled peacefully in court

  • The Turkish drilling vessel Yavuz is escorted by the Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gemlik (F-492) in the eastern Mediterranean, Aug. 6, 2019. (Reuters) Saber-rattling in the Eastern Mediterranean could quickly get out of hand. The ongoing simmering disputes are essentially economic, d...
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