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Saudi Arabia: The World’s Largest Arms Importer From 2014-2018

Saudi Arabia became the world’s largest arms importer from 2014 to 2018, accounting for 12 percent of the imports, an increase of 192 percent over 2009-2013, according to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). According to data for 2018, the United States continued to supply the bulk of arms to Saudi Arabia, accounting for 88 percent of all arms sold to the country.

Read Here – Al Jazeera

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Between A Old War Ally And An Indo-Pacific Partner: India’s U.S.-Russia Balancing Act

It feels like déjà vu all over again. Reports of an Indian arms deal with Russia. Concerns in the United States about said deal, with threats about punitive measures and warnings about implications for U.S.-India relations. Voices in India insisting that the government go through with the deal and not succumb to American pressure. This is not a Cold War story, but, rather, a summary of the state of play over the last few months.

Read Here – War On The Rocks

It’s time India Got Real About Its Ties With Russia

File picture showing Russian President Vladimir Putin with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

There is little indication that Putin views India in sentimental terms, unlike an earlier generation of Russian officials exemplified by former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov or the late Russian envoy Alexander Kadakin. India’s high-profile and sustained outreach to Moscow in 2018 is not a reversion to an imagined past.

Read Here – The Hindustan Times

Global Arms Industry: First Rise In Arms Sales Since 2010, Says SIPRI

F-16 jet being re-fuelled mid-air. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $374.8 billion in 2016. The total for the SIPRI Top 100 in 2016 is 1.9 per cent higher compared with 2015 and represents an increase of 38 per cent since 2002 (when SIPRI began reporting corporate arms sales). This is the first year of growth in SIPRI Top 100 arms sales after five consecutive years of decline.

Read Here – SIPRI

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Adnan Khashoggi: The ‘Whoremonger’ Whose Arms Deals Funded A Playboy Life Of Decadence And ‘Pleasure Wives’

And Adnan Khashoggi helped sell enough of these weapons to become one of the world’s wealthiest men: a fortune once estimated at £2.4 billion, friendships with Saudi and Hollywood royalties, homes all over the world, a superyacht later sold to Donald Trump, a personal bodyguard nicknamed Mr Kill.

Read Here – Independent

Saudis Give Trump A Reception Fit For A King

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, May 20, 2017, for the start of their overseas visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, Brussels and Taormina, Italy. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald Trump had to travel to someone else’s kingdom to get the respect he has always craved. From his airport greeting by King Salman of Saudi Arabia — a courtesy that was never extended to his predecessor, President Barack Obama — to the military flyover and cannons that accompanied his descent from Air Force One, to a lavish cardamon coffee ceremony and medal presentation at the Royal Court, the American president was treated like a real-life king.

Read Here – Politico

Also Read: Saudi-US arms deal includes plans for 150 Lockheed Martin Blackhawk helicopters

 

Trump Goes Soft On Saudi

President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia “blew up the World Trade Center” and wants “women as slaves and to kill gays.” He has also insisted that the oil-rich Arab kingdom provide the United States with free oil for a decade. But when Trump takes his first overseas trip later this month, Saudi Arabia will be his first stop.

Read Here – Politico

The Arab World’s American Savior Complex

America has learned few lessons from repeated failures and dire consequences of its interventions, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Latin America, but those in the region who look to the United States for salvation have short memories, too.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia’s Clout In Washington Isn’t What It Used to Be

Saudi Arabia doesn’t have the same clout it used to. That’s the message the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he has delivered to the Saudi government.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Three Takeaways From Carter’s Recent Meeting With His Indian Counterpart

As close as India is ready to come to the United States, New Delhi does not desire a military alliance that would tie it to U.S. decision-making and military activities around the world.

Read Here – Defense One

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