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News You Really Need To See: “What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s New Muscularity”

“What’s Behind Saudi Arabia’s New Muscularity” The Christian Science Monitor, May 14, 2015 http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0514/What-s-behind-Saudi-Arabia-s-new-muscularity “In recent years, Saudi Arabia’s capital city has grown into a haven for Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies, a Casablanca of deposed dictators and exiled ministers where Arab … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Oman Breaks From GCC on Yemen Conflict”

“Oman Breaks From GCC on Yemen Conflict” Al Monitor, May 7, 2015 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/oman-response-yemen-conflict.html “Saudi Arabia marshaled a seemingly impressive coalition for its air war on Yemen.  In addition to its Sunni allies in the Gulf, Riyadh roped in partners ranging from … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A More Clear-Eyed Pakistan?

May 4, 2015 by Darius  I never thought I would write this, but Pakistan seems to have its head screwed on a bit straighter lately.  Two issues in particular lead me to this conclusion: the noticeable decline of pointless anti-Americanism … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Saudi’s New Succession Plan

Apr. 29, 2015 by Darius  Today, the king of Saudi Arabia announced a major government reshuffle.  The previous crown prince, the king’s half-brother, was dismissed and replaced by the king’s nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef.  The king’s son, the current minister … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Saudis End Air Campaign in Yemen, Seek Political Solution”

“Saudis End Air Campaign in Yemen, Seek Political Solution” Reuters, April 21, 2015 http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-yemen-security-idUSKBN0NC2LD20150422 “Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Attention Deficit Disorder on Yemen?

Apr. 19, 2015 by Darius In a rather under-reported development, fighters of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula overran a major arms dump in the region of Hadramaut, Yemen, seizing dozens of tanks as well as artillery and small arms. Al-Qaeda … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Farewell to Arms?

Apr. 15, 2015 by Darius Right now, warships from 15 nations, including the US, are combing the waters of the Persian Gulf.  Their mission: to interdict Iranian arms shipments to Houthi rebels in Yemen.  The only problem so far?  They … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Chaos: The Middle East and How We Got There”

Apr. 9, 2015 by Darius Today I saw longtime Washington Post journalist Thomas Lippman talk about the Middle East, and, in particular, how the events of 1979 shaped the region today. In January 1979, the Shah of Iran was toppled … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Saudi Prestige Suffers a Blow in Yemen Fight”

“Saudi Prestige Suffers a Blow in Yemen Fight” The New York Times, April 3, 2015, p.A1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/world/middleeast/yemen-al-qaeda-attack.html “Two months after ascending to the throne, King Salman of Saudi Arabia bet his prestige as a new leader on rallying his Arab … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Containing Arab Nationalism”

Apr. 2, 2015 by Darius I recently finished reading Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East by University of Chicago professor Salim Yaqub.  Containing Arab Nationalism is a thorough and scholarly blow-by-blow account of the rise and … Continue reading

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