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Iran’s security threat must be curtailed before trade talks

  • A battle is brewing not only between the United States and Iran, but also across the Atlantic. In response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the EU is marshalling efforts to salvage as much of the agreement as possible, working overtime to counter the effects of reimposed US sanctions...
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US troop withdrawal from Syria counterproductive

  • US troops and Syrian Democratic Forces are seen during a patrol in Hasakah, Syria. (Reuters) On Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed that the order to withdraw US troops from Syria had been signed. Last week’s announcement of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces,...
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Impeachment inquiry may embolden Iran to escalate

  • Despite strenuous efforts by Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders, the chances of a Donald Trump-Hassan Rouhani meeting at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) were always slim because of the tremendous gap between the two sides. There was probably some agreement, as reported by the Europeans, ...
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UK poised to regain its special role in the Gulf

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the UK this week completed a year-long Joint Trade and Investment Review — an important building block for the GCC-UK Strategic Partnership that was established in 2016. For more than a decade, GCC states and Britain have been rebuilding and re-energizing ...
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US Syria policy leaves many questions unanswered

  • It is fair to say that US policy in Syria has become less clear as the defeat of Daesh nears completion. Some critics have called it confused or contradictory, leading Turkey, a traditional ally, to rage against that policy, charting a path of its own that is more in coordination with Russia than...
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Aden’s violence and restoring Yemen’s national consensus

  • During the past week, clashes have erupted in Aden between supporters of the “Southern Transitional Council” and security forces of the Yemeni government. The clashes have so far resulted in hundreds of casualties, according to unconfirmed press reports, including over 30 fatalities. The impas...
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Government shake-up aimed at speeding up transformation plan

  • Early on Saturday, Saudi Arabia announced a wide array of changes in the leading positions in government. The shake-up can be seen as a way to speed up the implementation of diversification plans and building a sustainable economy that does not depend on oil. With the recent improvements in gov...
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Iraq must act quickly to halt Daesh’s re-emergence

  • The bombing last week in Mosul was a stark reminder that Daesh is still around. On Thursday, a car bomb apparently targeting a popular restaurant killed and injured many residents. The attack reminded Mosul’s residents of the dark days when Daesh ruled the now nearly destroyed city for three...
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G20 Summit offers rare opportunity to defuse global tensions

  • The G20 Summit taking place in Bali this week is one of the most pivotal in the group’s 23-year history. Last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi warned that it is “among the or maybe the most difficult of all G20s because of geopolitical and economic issues, and others.” Indonesi...
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Propelled by female employment, Saudi jobless rate hits historic milestone

  • The unemployment rate of Saudi nationals dropped to 8 percent during the last quarter of 2022, a remarkable achievement not seen in decades, bringing the country close to achieving the 7 percent target of Vision 2030. Jobless figures had been stubbornly high for some time, reaching double dig...
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