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Without a U.S.-led initiative to limit Iran’s regional sway, U.S. allies will act on their own and escalate regional crises.

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Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, recently organized a corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia which detained over 150 individuals. Pollack discusses the aims of the Saudi Crown Prince.

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yemen civil war

Before 1990, Yemen was two countries. As a civil war wages, will peace be achieved by dividing the country into northern and southern halves?

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In the first episode of Close Encounters, John Yoo and Ben Weingarten discuss Yoo’s new book ‘Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War.’

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In the wake of the vote—in which Kurds overwhelmingly voiced their desire to break away from Iraq and form their own state— the Iranian government has redoubled its efforts to isolate the region and force the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to reverse its stance.

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Iran has recognized the importance of battlefield experience for its elite units.

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While some non-proliferation experts see the JCPOA as a means to prevent “another North Korea,” some Iranian hardliners close to Khamenei ask themselves why Iran should be constrained by a nuclear agreement when North Korea, a country with a smaller population and weaker economy, managed to defy the West.

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Lebanon Prime Minister Harriri

Washington and its regional allies need a comprehensive strategy to deal with Iran, not a series of ad hoc responses to regional developments. Time is fast running out.

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As rife as the speculation has been about the young prince’s moves, it appears evident MbS is swiftly consolidating his position in the Kingdom.

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The S-400 deal is thus one more step towards redefining the regional alliance system and balance of power in the Middle East in Russia’s favor. If the U.S. is to truly check Russia from becoming a power broker in the Middle East, reassurance at a regional level – not retreat, is needed.

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