Mohammed bin Salman has purged his rivals and is trying to check Iran’s influence in Lebanon and Yemen, while setting the stage for closer cooperation with Israel.
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Over the weekend, Mohammad bin Salman purged his potential rivals and escalated Saudi Arabia’s cold war with Iran.
Editor’s Note: Making other countries more effective U.S. security partners is a vital part of counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and U.S. foreign policy in general. Yet it seems to fail often, and support for such aid appears to be declining. Part of the problem may be in how the United States does such assistance. Stephen Tankel of American University and Melissa Dalton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies argue that the United States should reverse its traditional approach.
Temple Mount Protests Wind Down, New Ceasefire in Libya Complicates Peace Effort, Hajj Gets Caught in Gulf Crisis, and Lebanon’s PM Makes Pitch in DC
Two weeks of protests appear to be ending in Jerusalem, France pushes through a ceasefire in Libya but peace remains elusive, Saudi Arabia and Qatar trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage to Mecca, and Lebanon’s Saad Hariri lobbies Washington.
The Lebanese Armed Forces maintain a complicated coexistence with Hezbollah. They're also one of the few checks on the terrorist organization and other sectarian extremists—and they need U.S. help.
Syria’s latest ceasefire falls apart. The U.S. and Israel agree on their latest and largest aid package. And the Saudis go on a charm offensive to promote economic reforms.
Paul Salem explains why Lebanon has avoided the political and security challenges brought on by the Syrian conflict next door and highlights major risks that still lie ahead.
In nearly five years since the war began, Turkey has been a welcoming host to nearly two million Syrian refugees, particularly compared to others.
Seen, on the one hand, as a security threat and, on the other, as able to work and therefore capable of relying on themselves, single refugee men often fall through the cracks when it comes to receiving aid, and they live isolated existences at high risk of exploitation.
The Syrian civil war is pervasively sectarian; Lebanon is still recovering from its own sectarian civil war. But dropping a million and a half refugees from the current conflict in the cauldron of the former, strangely results in something like sectarian peace.