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Jared Kushner, Mohammed Bin Salman, And Benjamin Netanyahu Are Up To Something

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may or may not be a true reformer. His record on that score is not unequivocal. But he is determined to halt the expansion of Iranian influence, which now really does manifest itself as the Shiite crescent about which Jordan’s King Abdullah II forewarned over a decade ago.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

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The Saudi Deal Shows Just How Broken The US Arms Export Process Has Become

The Trump administration made headlines last week when it announced a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, signed with pomp and circumstance during the president’s first international trip. But even though Donald Trump’s team was thrilled, this record-setting deal is in fact another sign that the American arms sales process is broken.

Read Here – Defense One

Iran Exposes the Myth Of GCC Unity

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) seeks to portray itself to the outside world as a unified entity, particularly during periods of heightened regional instability, such as Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the 2011 Arab uprisings. Yet below the surface, the Council’s six monarchies are divided internally by historic rivalries, changes in leadership and a myriad of significant regional developments. The most significant current source of division among the GCC states relates to Iran’s role in the Middle East’s evolving geopolitical order.

Read Here – The National Interest

Next Saudi Royal Generation Takes Lead

In spite of the internal stability in Salman’s reign, and despite the absence of an internal rival or opposition to the rule of Al Saud so far, the fourth Saudi state does not seem good for the grandchildren. The security and military crises on the northern and southern borders and the fiscal deficit in the general budget that seems to be growing as a result of falling oil prices and large excesses in public expenditure as well as the delay in the implementation of political reform are all thorny problems facing the fourth Saudi Arabian leadership.

Read Here – Al Monitor

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