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Middle East & North Africa

The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

The Future of the ‘Islamic NATO’

In 2015, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism. Will the alliance succeed in pooling its defense efforts?

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The ‘Covfefe’ Coalition to Squeeze Qatar

The ‘Covfefe’ Coalition to Squeeze Qatar

While the diplomatic tension between Saudi Arabia and Qatar existed since the Arab Spring, the break up caught foreign policy experts by surprise.

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Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Iran that killed at least 16 people, some Middle Eastern dissidents believe what happened was an inside job perpetrated by the Iranian regime.

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Syrian Kurdish leader: “Peace is Obtainable by Supporting an Independent Kurdistan”

Syrian Kurdish leader: “Peace is Obtainable by Supporting an Independent Kurdistan”

In an exclusive interview, Syrian Kurdish leader Sherkoh Abbas explained a novel idea for promoting peace between Israel and the Arab world.

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Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

Trump Jeopardizes EU Security in Riyadh

The Islamic Military Alliance, recently supported by Donald Trump, poses a security and economic challenge to the European Union.

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Arab Spring Sequel? Unrest Grows in Morocco

Arab Spring Sequel? Unrest Grows in Morocco

Morocco is not known for political activism or protests. Yet in the last 2 weeks the country has seen the largest popular protests and government backlash since the 2011 Arab Spring.

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Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi Leader: “The World Ignores the Plight of our People on Mount Sinjar”

Yezidi leader Mirza Ismail describes how the situation is extremely dire for women and children on Mount Sinjar while the international community and media outlets ignore it.

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Syrian Kurdish dissident: “Beware of the Saudis and Turks”

Sherkoh Abbas, head of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, warns of the dangers posed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey and argues in favor of Kurds as better allies for Americans.

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Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Radical Ideas Muslims Celebrate In Ramadan

Ramadan is a time of selfless devotion and a month of above-ordinary worship when Muslims reflect deeply on all matters of moral significance.

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Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

Saudis Counterterrorism Efforts Ahead of Trump Visit

As President Trump heads out on his Abrahamic foreign policy tour, Saudi Arabia is emphasizing its anti-terrorism credentials.

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Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

The Iranian president holds little real authority since the supreme leader remains the final authority on all matters of state.

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Israel PM candidate: “Biggest Crisis since the Time of Mohammad”

Israel PM candidate: “Biggest Crisis since the Time of Mohammad”

Former Israeli defense minister Ya’alon and Prime Minister hopeful outlined his view of the developments that shape the Middle East today.

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Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Partition Remains An Option Even After Aleppo

Neither a Putin-Assad hegemony nor an inclusive transitional government of a united Syria are solutions after Aleppo. Partition is the solution.

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Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

What is the nature of Tehran's aggressions and what are possible non-military policy options for containing the threat posed by the Iranian regime?

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Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

A public radio debate raises questions about the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and whether it is time for a change.

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