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International Arms Transfers Level Off After Years Of Sharp Growth, Says SIPRI

International transfers of major arms stayed at the same level between 2011–15 and 2016–20. Substantial increases in transfers by three of the top five arms exporters—the USA, France and Germany—were largely offset by declining Russian and Chinese arms exports. Middle Eastern arms imports grew by 25 per cent in the period, driven chiefly by Saudi Arabia (+61 per cent).

Read Here | SIPRI

After Last Year’s Crisis, Pakistan And Saudi Arabia Pursue A Reset

After last year’s much-publicised spat between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia — culminating with Riyadh’s demand for early repayment of $3 billion in loans meant to shore up Islamabad’s foreign exchange reserves — tensions between the two countries have since cooled. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia appear to be in the midst of a reset of relations.

Read Here | MEI

An Economic Showdown Brews In The Gulf

Saudi Arabia is laying the foundations for another Gulf crisis – this time provoking its ally, the United Arab Emirates. Just weeks after patching up a years-long dispute with Qatar, the kingdom has announced a new plan to require all foreign businesses to have a regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia, or risk getting locked out of contracts with the government.

Read Here | RealClearWorld

Sanctions Showdown: What Will Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Do?

Even if only a partial ban, the prospective policy could cost Saudi Arabia billions of dollars in arms import deals. The potential restrictions threaten a tentative Saudi contract for up to 50 of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters, as well as earlier Saudi efforts to procure over a dozen U.S. armed drones.

Read Here | The National Interest

A Realist Reset For US-Saudi Relations

President Joe Biden’s administration appears determined to separate America’s relationship with the Kingdom from the relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But this separation will likely prove impossible to sustain.

Read Here | Project Syndicate

Read Here | The Intelligence Report

Why Is American Foreign Policy Tilting Towards Iran?

An open question remains as to the source of this infatuation with Iran … The answer may have to do with some ideological affinity: the revolutionary character of the Islamic Republic may appeal to parts of the liberal Democratic spectrum, while the generally conservative Republicans are more comfortable with stable monarchies.

Read Here | The National Interest

Also Read | How Biden Will End the Trump Sugar High for Israel and Saudi Arabia

Biden Deprioritises The Middle East

President Joe Biden is tired of dealing with the Middle East — and, barely a month into his tenure, the region has noticed. The signals are not meant to be subtle, his advisers say. The president has made only one call to a head of state in the Middle East — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday — which itself was delayed by more than three weeks and followed calls to other allies and even adversaries like Russia and China. 

Read Here – Politico

Secret Flight Shows Netanyahu, Mohammed Bin Salman Joining To Face Biden

As arguably the greatest beneficiaries of U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign policy, Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman now seek to insulate themselves against indications they’ll soon be shunned by the Biden White House as rogue actors.

Read Here | Foreign Policy

Netanyahu Met With Pompeo, Saudi Crown Prince In Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Neom, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Israeli sources confirmed.Netanyahu used a private plane belonging to businessman Udi Angel, which he has used for past diplomatic trips.

Read Here | Jerusalem Post

Also Read | Netanyahu trip to Saudi Arabia shows importance of Israeli-Saudi ties

‘Writing is on The Wall’ For Saudi-Israel Peace

When the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday, they will not only be inking normalisation accords, they will be setting the stage for an even bigger prize: peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Read Here | Asia Times

Also Read | Israel Ties That Bind: What Is The US Giving Gulf Arab States?

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