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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...

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...

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...

11th August 2017 – The Hill

What Congress can do about extremism in Saudi textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

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6th August 2017 – Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s non-Islamist forces about Qatar’s sponsorship of extremists in the war-torn country. And while the meddling in Libya doesn’t get a lot of coverage, it remains one of the key grievances of Qatar’s foes in the current diplomatic crisis. more...

2nd August 2017 – The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous conduct. more...

26th July 2017 – The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet. more...

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...

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...

25th June 2017 – The National Interest

Why Turkey Chose Qatar

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

A few weeks after the Saudi-led diplomatic blitz targeting Qatar, there is no doubt that Ankara stands firmly with Doha. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has developed a close albeit asymmetrical partnership with Qatar. more...

21st June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King Ousts His Crown Prince

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman dismissed his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Wednesday morning local time. more...

8th June 2017 – The National Interest

Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: How Iran and the Brotherhood Tore the Gulf Apart

David Andrew Weinberg

The Gulf monarchies face the most serious crisis in their history. It is largely being covered as a diplomatic spat, since several Arab nations terminated their relations with Qatar on Monday to protest its support for radical Islamists. But the crisis has an economic component as well. Saudi Arabia severed Qatar’s access to its only land border, across which roughly 40 percent of Qatar’s food needs are imported. more...

2nd June 2017 – The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy. more...

22nd May 2017 – Foreign Policy

Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

John Hannah

An important goal of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders this past weekend was to encourage them to shoulder more of the burden in defending our common interests, particularly in combating the threats from terrorism and Iran. 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.