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Mohammed Bin Salman And Saudi Arabia

interview with Russell A. Berman, Ben Hubbardvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A discussion with Ben Hubbard, author of MBS.

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Unsalvageable Phenomena: A Doubter’s Guide To Middle Eastern Oil And US Foreign Policy

by Tristan Abbeyvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Does Middle East security really revolve around oil? According to this policy practitioner, doubts are accumulating about the “petrocentric” theory of the region's geopolitics, with anomalies that cannot be easily explained away by the conventional fixation on oil production. This essay draws on parallels from historical astronomy to suggest the time is ripe for a strategic revolution in the minds of American policy makers.

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Meeting Abu Muhammad Al-Jawlani: A Conversation With Martin Smith

interview with Cole Bunzel, Martin Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Producer and filmmaker Martin Smith joins the podcast to discuss his new documentary, “The Jihadist,” and the state of the former al-Qaida franchise in charge of Syria’s Idlib Province.

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Conciliation And Delusion: The Case For Maximum Pressure On Iran

by H.R. McMastervia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

“Anyone who will say that religion is separate from politics is a fool; he does not know Islam or politics.” -Khomeini

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Four Factors Will Shape Future U.S. Policy In Middle East

by James Jay Carafanovia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The future Middle East matters to the United States. Peace, stability and prosperity in the region impacts our vital interests. The four factors outlined here could dramatically affect the U.S. capacity to safeguard our interests in the near to mid-term.

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Biden, Iran And The Middle East: A Failure To Learn

by Robert Liebervia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Yes, Iran really matters and so does the Middle East. Despite signs that the Biden administration hopes to downplay U.S engagement in the region, U.S. national interests remain at stake there.  Notwithstanding major changes and upheavals, most of these interests continue to be relevant for America’s national security and for its allies and partners. 

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The Houthis, Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

by Bernard Haykelvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The conflict in Yemen is poorly understood in the United States. The general view in policy and government circles is that Saudi Arabia is the principal cause of the crisis, and that if the Saudis can be made to stop their military campaign against the Houthi rebel movement, the war would end quickly. 

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Gulf Politics And The Nuclear Deal

by Dania Koleilat Khatibvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The core state in the Arabian Peninsula is Saudi Arabia. The rest are small countries with less than one million citizens each. Hence, if we want to talk about Gulf policy towards Iran we need to talk about Saudi policy.

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Are Iraq’s Gates Opening Wider For Iran?

by Alma Keshavarzvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Iran has been a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984. Through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Qods Force, Iran has forged relationships with like-minded militias in neighboring countries, but primarily in Iraq.

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Iran In China’s Grand Strategy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

China does not have a fixed Iran doctrine. And Iran does not have a historic China doctrine, as it usually places its geostrategic emphasis on the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. But the two revolutionary regimes are coming together.

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