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12th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Saudi Arabia Sought to Buy Israel’s Iron Dome System

Benjamin Weinthal

Saudi Arabia’s government expressed interest in purchasing Israel’s antimissile Iron Dome system to stop attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, according to a report in the Swiss paper Basler Zeitung this week. more...

10th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Saudi-led coalition turns the tide in Yemen conflict

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Backed by Saudi air power, Yemeni forces are advancing on a number of critical fronts including Yemen’s northern border and western coast. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Houthis fire another missile on Riyadh

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Houthis claim the missile used was a Burkan-2H, which recent evidence suggests is Iranian-supplied. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seeks to incite violence after US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's general leadership and regional branches have released statements denouncing the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. more...

4th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Yemen’s Saleh killed by former allies

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh follows a strain in the opportunistic cooperation between his forces and the Houthis. more...

29th November 2017 – The Washington Times

The man who would be Saudi king

Clifford D. May

Mohammad bin Salman is a young man in a hurry. When I visited Saudi Arabia back in February he was only the deputy crown prince. Nevertheless, it was he — not 81-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and not the crown prince, 58-year-old Muhammad bin Nayef — who was the talk of the town. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Hezbollah continues ‘absolute dominance’ of Lebanon amid domestic political crisis

Tony Badran

The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which makes up part of Lebanon’s government and has a strong military force that threatens neighboring Israel, is seemingly unaffected by the status of embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Bennett Seftel - The Cipher Brief

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Game of Thrones’ In Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

The sudden resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister during his trip to Riyadh earlier this month raised suspicions about whether Saudi Arabia facilitated Hariri’s departure as part of its broader strategy to counter Iran’s expanding influence across the Middle East. This event could foment instability inside Lebanon and could earmark the country as the next proxy battleground between Saudi Arabia and Iran. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by J. Dana Suster - Lawfare

Saudi Power Play Sends Shockwaves Abroad

Grant Rumley

The Middle East is still reeling from the abrupt consolidation of power in Riyadh and escalation of tensions between the kingdom and Iran last week. While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategy has not grown any clearer, the situation has gotten stranger. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by Cristina Maza - Newsweek

What The Fake News Of Sophia The Robot’s Beheading Says About Saudi Arabia And Reader Biases

Jonathan Schanzer

A satirical article claiming that Saudi Arabia beheaded its first and only robot citizen, a talking wonder of artificial intelligence named Sophia, went viral when readers failed to realize that the article was a joke. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by Katrina Manson - The Financial Times

US unfreezes Yemeni assets in boost to Saudi-backed government

Mark Dubowitz

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9th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Irony is Dead: Rouhani Blasts Saudi Arabia for Interfering in Lebanon’s Internal Politics

Tony Badran

Speaking about Saturday’s resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blasted Saudi Arabia for what he called its “unprecedented” meddling in Lebanese politics, charging that it had forced Hariri to step down, Iran’s semi-official PressTV news reported Wednesday. more...

9th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport. more...

8th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hariri’s Resignation Shows that “Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah”

Tony Badran

Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister of Lebanon and his denunciation of Iran and its client, Hezbollah, for coming “to control the seams of the state and has the final and decisive say in the affairs of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” was an acknowledgment that “Lebanon is an Iranian satrapy run by Hezbollah,” an expert on Lebanon wrote Wednesday in Tablet magazine. more...

7th November 2017 – The Hill

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ might play right into US interests

John Hannah

Most of us have told our kids that the ends don’t justify the means. But what if your objective is something as audacious as rapidly modernizing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? What if your aim is to break the kingdom’s support for the extremist form of Islam — known as Wahhabism — that has served as the essential source material for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the jihadist ideology that American troops have been at war with since 9/11? How much centralization of power, even absolutism, would you put up with to see that revolutionary program succeed? more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What the political turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iran-Saudi Cold War Intensifies as Militant Threat Fades

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, fought with proxies seeded across the Middle East, is sharply escalating as the two powers jockey to shape a regional order devoid of Islamic State. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by The Indian Express

Who is Mohammad bin Salman?

John Hannah

At 31, he could become one of the longest ruling monarch in Saudia Arabia history. Here is everything you need to know about Saudi's crowned prince Mohammad Bin Salman. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

Latest chapter unfolds in ‘developing story’ of covert Israeli-Saudi relationship

Jonathan Schanzer

A flurry of reports involving Israel and Saudi Arabia in recent weeks has increased speculation on the current extent of covert relations between the countries, including with regard to their mutual foe of Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. more...

6th November 2017 – Quoted by Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy - The Associated Press

Saudi arrests of princes consolidates another’s power grab

John Hannah

Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne is overseeing an unprecedented wave of arrests of dozens of the country’s most powerful princes, military officers, influential businessmen and government ministers — some potential rivals or critics of the crown prince now consolidating his power. more...

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23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.