Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

Water Conflict: Protests over Water, Pollution Flare in Iran

IranDAM, cc Flickr Ninara, modified,

A historic drought is bringing water pressures to the fore in Iran and adding to the authorities’ growing list of troubles.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

Hassan_Rouhani_press_conference_after_his_election_as_president_14, cc Alireza Bahari, modified, Fars News,

Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

Jordan Protests Threaten to Disrupt a Key US Ally in the Middle East

JordanProt, cc Ali Saadi, modified,,_June_2018.jpg

Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki has resigned but the protests rage on. Should King Abdullah II be worried?

President Trump Scraps the Iran Nuclear Deal

cc Wikicommons Alireza Bahari, modified,

President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to tear up the Iran nuclear deal.

Yemen Civil War: Houthis Fire Missile at Saudi Oil Tanker

Yemenwar, cc Flickr Felton Davis, modified,

Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia won’t do much damage, but they will propel the bloody Yemen civil war into news headlines the world over.

Israel and Iran Signal Escalation in Syrian Civil War

cc Flickr U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, modified,

Tensions left to simmer for most of the war are now boiling over as Israel grapples with the possibility of a long-term Iranian presence in southern Syria.

FLASH: Ex-President Saleh Killed in Yemen

President ALI Saleh (center), of the Republic of Yemen, and his delegation meet with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and his staff at the Pentagon on June 8, 2004. The two leaders are meeting to discuss defense issues of mutual interest. DoD photo by Helene C. Stikkel.

The Houthi-Saleh alliance has come to a violent end outside Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Corruption Windfall

cc Flickr Jim Mattis, modified, Flickr Jim Mattis, modified,

MBS wants to reform the Saudi government and help the state get rich doing it. Will his plan work?

FLASH: Lebanon PM Hariri Changes His Mind

Prime Minister Saad Hariri, cc, modified,,

What changed to make Saad Hariri reverse course and stay on as prime minister of Lebanon?

Backgrounder: Hezbollah

Nasrallah, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified,

Examining Hezbollah, the paramilitary group at the heart of the Saudi-Iran contest for the Middle East.

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