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Saudi King Salman today ousted his nephew and Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Nayef in favor of his son, the erstwhile Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. At the end of the day, however, nothing – not a new face in the palace in Riyadh, nor even a transformation of the Saudi approach to the world — will substitute for an American-led strategy in the region.

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President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is preparing to travel to the Middle East. Trump has the potential to make a difference in the area’s conflicts since he lacks a pre-conceived political agenda like most past presidents. He needs to maintain a humble, conservative plan to break down the complexity of the issue.

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The media is abuzz with questions for President Trump, former FBI Director James Comey, and others about various scandals and investigations. As people demand answers to questions about domestic scandals, we must also demand answers to six key questions about how America can secure its people and interests against the large and growing threats from the Middle East.

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The Iranian government has disproportionately invested its augmented income into Iranian military programs with a budget increase of 145%.

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Islamic Republic of Iran continues to name ambassadors to Iraq not from Iran’s foreign ministry but rather from the Qods Force.

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Iranian authorities continue to steer resources into the Islamic Republic’s domestic armament industry.

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Trump’s recent visit to Israel and his historic visit to the Western Wall, the first by a sitting US president, dramatically underline the permanence of Israel’s achievement.

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With one of the largest military bases in the region at Al Udeid in Qatar, Washington can’t afford an escalating conflict among its Gulf allies.

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In this episode of ‘Viewpoint,’ AEI’s Danielle Pletka sits down with David Makovksy, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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Michael Rubin explains why Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, and why Qatar thinks the US will remain an ally.

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