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New Winds In Saudi Arabia

It is true that Saudi Arabia stoked the Sunni-Shia conflict in the region after the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the jurisprudence of the intra-Islam war of the sects was dug up from the Saudi past and its embrace of Wahhabism in the 18th century. If it gives up extremism in 2017, it will have to say goodbye to all that Wahhabism has entailed.

Read Here – The Indian Express

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The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of The ‘Quad’

Ten years ago, an American, an Australian, an Indian, and a Japanese walked into a room in Manila. This was no joke. They were representing their governments at a quadrilateral meeting also known as “the Quad.” The initiative, meant to facilitate conversation and cooperation between the four maritime democracies in the context of the rise of China and India, lasted from mid-2006 to early 2008. Since it fell apart, analysts have perhaps spent more time discussing it than the officials did in implementing it. Now, the Quad has been revived.

Read Here – War On The Rocks

How Abe And Modi Can Save The Indo-Pacific

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe arrive at the India-Japan Business Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 14, 2017.

 

The relationship between the two countries—historically strategically distant—has grown increasingly robust under the stewardship of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abe, with regular high-level summitry (Abe traveled to Delhi to visit Modi last month) combined with increasingly frequent and deepening exchanges at the diplomatic, defense, and business levels.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Meet The Next Generation Of Saudi Rulers

Since April, Mohammed bin Salman, now 32, has been quietly orchestrating the appointments of a range of young princes in their late twenties or thirties to positions of power. They will likely be crucial to the success of his remodeling of the kingdom and could emerge as arbiters of power for decades to come. They are all either the grandsons or great grandsons of the kingdom’s founder, Ibn Saud, who died in 1953. Mohammed bin Salman is entirely prudent in promoting these younger cousins, appealing to their ambition and vanity, and securing their loyalty.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Modi, Trump vow India & US To Have World’s Greatest Armies: 10 Developments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Donald Trump, the President of United States of America in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017. Photo/PIB

India and the US have resolved that “two of the world’s great democracies should also have the world’s greatest militaries” following the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in Manila, the Phillipines.

Read Here – Business Standard

Keeping Iran And Saudi Arabia From War

Conflicts in the Middle East, whether in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, or Yemen, share a common factor: the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. For years, this rivalry has inflamed violence in areas already torn by war and created new battlefields where there had been relative peace before.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Trump Isn’t Sure If Democracy Is Better Than Autocracy

What a difference a couple of decades make. Back in the early to mid-1990s, Americans (and some others) were pretty much convinced that U.S.-style liberal democracy was the wave of the future worldwide…Fast-forward to 2017, however, and autocracy seems back in vogue. Russia has reverted to de facto dictatorship, Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated more power than any leader since Mao, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has undertaken a wide-ranging purge of potential opponents and consolidated vast power in his own hands.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Trump Used To Blame China For America’s Trade Problems. Now He Blames America.

Donald Trump, a man who said on his march to the White House that China was responsible for the “rape” of American workers, now says it’s actually the US’s fault that the two countries have an unbalanced economic relationship.

Read Here – Vox

Also Read: U.S., China Sign $250 Billion in Deals During Trump Visit

Corruption And Consolidation: Saudi Arabia Graft Crackdown Has Echoes Of Xi’s China

If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s bid to speed economic reforms by rounding up rivals in graft raids sounds familiar, that’s because China has been doing it for years.

Read Here – Chicago Tribune

Also Read: The World Should Push The Crown Prince To Reform Saudi Arabia, Not Wreck It

Five Key Points From Donald Trump’s Talks With Xi Jinping And What They Mean For US-China Relations

President Donald J. Trump and President Xi of China/ Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump wrapped up their talks as Trump’s first presidential visit to China drew to a close. In a joint press conference after their talks, Trump again congratulated Xi on his enhanced political status after last month’s Communist Party national congress.

Read More – South China Morning Post

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