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Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

14th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

Varsha Koduvayur

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal prompted reactions from the Gulf States ranging from enthusiasm to regret. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members’ divergent responses reflect the GCC’s disunity on Iran, highlighting challenges Washington may face in its quest to re-isolate the Islamic Republic. more...

Analysis & Commentary

14th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

Varsha Koduvayur

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal prompted reactions from the Gulf States ranging from enthusiasm to regret. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members’ divergent responses reflect the GCC’s disunity on Iran, highlighting challenges Washington may face in its quest to re-isolate the Islamic Republic. more...

8th May 2018 – The Hill

The delicate balance of the US-Saudi relationship

Jonathan Schanzer, Varsha Koduvayur

Since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, major reforms have swept the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer and Varsha Koduvayur argue in The Hill that while bin Salman’s Vision 2030 deserves credit, there is far more work to be done in the Kingdom. more...

30th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Trump Is Right to Target Saudi-Russian Collusion

John Hannah

For those who want to see what a real case of Russian collusion looks like, check out what has been happening in global oil markets for the past year and a half. In late 2016, Russia and Saudi Arabia conspired to cut supply and raise prices. more...

23rd April 2018 – Real Clear Defense

The Senate’s Blind Spot on Terrorism in Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski

On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pressed hard on top administration officials to justify U.S. support for the Saudi war effort in Yemen, where hunger and cholera cause tremendous suffering. Senators certainly should be asking these tough questions, yet their narrow focus resulted in a missed opportunity to ask equally important questions about the opaque U.S. mission to fight terrorism in Yemen, which the Trump administration has conducted with growing intensity. more...