Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry

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.

Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

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Iran nuclear deal stakeholders are scrambling to evade or circumvent looming US sanctions, but there’s one major hurdle they must clear: the US financial system.

Morocco: Saudi Arabia’s Indispensable Anchor in North Africa

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With its relative stability and longtime animus toward Iran, Morocco might just be Saudi Arabia’s trump card in North Africa.

FLASH: OPEC Goes Rogue on Trump, Keeps Production Steady

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President Trump’s cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia failed to translate into a production hike from OPEC+ over the weekend.

Whither the Saudi Aramco IPO?

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When, if ever, will the Saudi Aramco IPO take place? At this point it’s anyone’s guess.

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