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US troop redeployment renews debate about reliability

  • U.S. Army and German Bundeswehr officers during the Allied Spirit X military exercise near Hohenfels, Germany, April, 2019. (Getty Images) The US last week appeared to follow through with President Donald Trump’s earlier threat to reduce the American troop presence in Germany. Ac...
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How US’ new China policy might affect the Gulf

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, in Yorba Linda, California, U.S., July 23, 2020. (Reuters) The closures of the Chinese consulate in Houston and the US consulate in Chengdu in the last week were the latest signs of the deterior...
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Iran’s doublespeak dims engagement prospects

  • Smoke billows in the sky following an attack on the Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019. (Reuters) A lack of credibility has dimmed the prospects for constructive engagement between Iran and its neighbors and with the world at large. Te...
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Turkey’s gambit in Libya may backfire

  • Turkey’s parliament approved a bill to deploy troops in Libya at the beginning of the year. (Reuters) Turkey’s intervention in Libya has made the conflict there more intractable and destructive. It runs against UN Security Council resolutions and the UN’s efforts to mediate the c...
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Iran’s fires highlight need for international nuclear safety oversight

  • The Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, in Isfahan Province, after the fire, last week. (Reuters) Iranian authorities revealed on Sunday that the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility sustained “significant damage” when a fire broke out there last Thursday. The incident was one...
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The benefits of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy push

  • A Saudi man looks at the solar plant in Uyayna, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2018. (Reuters) Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman on Thursday announced that Saudi Arabia is planning to produce 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. ...
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The Gulf’s position in a fragmented new world order

  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept., 24, 2019. (Reuters) It is clear that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has changed the international order and, in the process, bruised many great pow...
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Time to re-energize the GCC-UK strategic partnership

  • UK PM Theresa May joins other leaders for a family photo at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit, Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 7, 2016. (Reuters) When the UK finally exited the EU in January, it accelerated its efforts to enhance the relationships it had already cultivated with oth...
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GCC-Iraq partnership needs urgent attention

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (Wikicommons) Iraq’s parliament last week approved the remaining ministers in Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s Cabinet, including Fuad Hussein as foreign minister, and the ministers for the oil and trade portfolios. With his Cabinet for...
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China-US rivalry needs defusing to revive global economy

  • President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, November 9, 2017. (Reuters) China-US tensions have been on the rise over the past few years. Trade wars and the controversy over how China handled the corona...
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