Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

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Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Will Russia Betray Iran Again?

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If history is any indication, don’t expect Russia to jump to Iran’s assistance in the event of a US military strike.

IMF Surprises with Saudi Deficit Projections

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Should the Saudi government be worried about its growing budget deficit?

US-Iran Tensions: Saudi Sabotage Rattles Oil Markets

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Two instances of sabotage on Saudi oil infrastructure suggest the possibility of Iranian blowback from mounting tensions with the United States.

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran

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While it’s true that Iran presides over well-documented human rights abuses, these abuses are often exaggerated to the point of creating a tyrannical mythos that’s completely detached from reality.

Global Forecast (11-05-2018)

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Ebola spreading in DRC, Bank of Japan mulling an end to Abenomics, and Iran finds itself under US sanctions once again.

Iran Sanctions: The Triumph of Short-Term Thinking

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Iran sanctions are disruptive for both energy markets and US strategy toward the Middle East.

History Repeating: Mohammed Bin Salman and the Khashoggi Affair

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The current scandal closely resembles the experience of another famous member of the House of Saud.

Famine and Misery Spread in Yemen’s Deadlocked Conflict

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Amid renewed fighting, warnings of impending humanitarian disaster in Yemen continue to fall on deaf ears.

Fallout Mounts for Saudi Arabia in Wake of Khashoggi Murder

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The diplomatic consequences are mounting for Saudi Arabia after the apparent assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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