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Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States

It’s Time for the Trump Administration to Step Up in the Qatar Crisis

27th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

It’s Time for the Trump Administration to Step Up in the Qatar Crisis

John Hannah

Late last week, the Gulf crisis took a new turn when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain at long last presented the regime in Qatar with a list of 13 demands that must be accepted before they are prepared to reestablish normal political and economic relations. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd July 2017 – Deseret News

Make Saudi Arabia’s vision of tolerance a reality

Clifford D. May

Last year, Saudi Arabia unveiled Saudi Vision 2030, a bold plan to transform the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy to make it much more diversified and durable, no matter how global energy markets change. Vision 2030 makes it clear: to accomplish that would require Saudi Arabia to become “a tolerant country with Islam as its constitution and moderation as its method.” Who can argue with that goal? But let’s be candid. Saudi Arabia has a long way to go. Since its inception, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, on which I serve as a commissioner, has recommended that Saudi Arabia be designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” because the government engages in violations of religious freedom that are “systematic, ongoing and egregious.” more...

20th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Saudi Arabia’s troubling educational curriculum

David Andrew Weinberg

Dr. David Andrew Weinberg’s testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, Non-Proliferation, and Trade Subcommittee on July 19, 2017. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Eliot Bakker - The Federalist

Why It’s Time To Remove The United States’ Air Base From Qatar

David Andrew Weinberg

With Doha more defiant than ever, the United States needs to take more drastic action and remove a crutch that has been propping up the emirate for too long: Al-Udeid. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted Joyce Karam - The National

Terror designation lists highlight Qatar’s failure to tackle extremist funding

David Andrew Weinberg

Of the names that do not overlap, many are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by the four Arab States. more...