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Can Obama Reset U.S.-Saudi Relations in Upcoming Visit?

Can Obama Reset U.S.-Saudi Relations in Upcoming Visit?

The stage was set for the upcoming March visit to Riyadh by President Barack Obama through a quiet, behind-the-scenes dialogue with the Saudis by both Russia and the United States, aimed at explaining that support for jihadi factions in Syria, ...

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Nothing Results from Al Jarba’s Visit to Moscow

Nothing Results from Al Jarba’s Visit to Moscow

The long-awaited visit by the leader of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmed Al Jarba to Moscow was less than meets the eye, and Al Jarba returned  with very little to talk about. The central issue of his talks with Russian ...

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Geopolitical Friction Not Slowing US Arms Sales to GCC

Geopolitical Friction Not Slowing US Arms Sales to GCC

While political tensions between the Obama Administration and some traditional U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have been grabbing headlines worldwide—particularly as President Obama makes clear that he will not halt P5+1 negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons ...

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Al Maliki Misses the Point: Force Can’t “Preserve” Iraq’s Unity

Al Maliki Misses the Point: Force Can’t “Preserve” Iraq’s Unity

 In a sign of growing self-confidence, Iraq’s Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani cancelled his trip to Washington scheduled for the first week of February. The reason given by Iraqi Kurdish Authority was that the Obama administration refused to remove the Kurdish Democratic Party ...

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