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Saudi Arabia contemplates Trump

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Saudi Arabia is pleased with strong talk from US President-elect Donald Trump, but also has worries about his positions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump win further distances US from GCC on Syria

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 | Giorgio Cafiero, Contributor

The Gulf Cooperation Council anxiously awaits to see how US President-elect Donald Trump plans to deal with the uncertainties surrounding US Middle East policies.

Saudi Arabia losing ground to Iran

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Saudi influence in the region has been on the decline for a number of reasons, and the kingdom has now suffered another setback in Lebanon with the election of President Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah.

Is Yemen headed for partition?

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

An open-ended cease-fire is needed for Yemen, but a de facto partition of the country is more likely.

Is US reconsidering its support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war?

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 | Maysaa Shuja al-Deen, Contributor

The recent missile attacks on US vessels off Yemen’s coast as well as the limited US response suggest that Washington may be disengaging from the war in Yemen and putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to follow suit.

Has JASTA pushed Saudi Arabia and Israel closer?

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 | Ibrahim al-Hatlani, Contributor

Riyadh has become convinced more than ever that the closer it gets to Tel Aviv, which it believes has influence in US decision-making circles, the stronger and safer it will become in the face of JASTA.

Will tension at sea lead to endless war in Yemen?

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 | Ahmed Alwly, Contributor

The Yemeni war reached the sea after being confined to the mainland for 19 months, with international and regional players heading to the most important maritime route in the world.

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