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ISIS overplays its hand

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From an article written by Benjamin Fishman, and published by The International Institute for Strategic Studies,  a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict. 3 February was supposed to be a good day for Jordan. King Abdullah was … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . UAE records energy success

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  Over the next five years the UAE will expand its renewable energy (RE) sector with the goal of RE accounting for 7% of energy output by 2020 – making the country the undisputed regional leader in clean energy development. … Continue reading

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Tehran ponders on Riyadh reshuffle

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The succession in Saudi Arabia has sent strong ripples round the Tehran media. Conservative and reformist commentators alike have suggested the assumption of the throne by Salman, after the death of his 90-year-old half-brother Abdullah on 23 January, will bring … Continue reading

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King Salman launches ‘new broom’ offensive

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King Salman of Saudi Arabia has announced a major cabinet reshuffle, a week after he acceded to the throne. The chief of intelligence and the head of the national security council have both been replaced. Other top officials, including the … Continue reading

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Tunisian government must be more inclusive

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Monday’s parliamentary decision to delay a confidence vote on Tunisia’s new government, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday, should be a wake-up call to Prime Minister-designate Habib Essid to be more inclusive. The delay followed statements from some of the … Continue reading

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Riyadh rendez-vous

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This insight by Simon Henderson was first published by the Washington Institute. The length of the meeting and the names of the Saudi officials in attendance will reveal as much as any government communiqué or briefing on what subjects were discussed. … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online – After Abdullah

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With the appointment of both a crown prince and a deputy crown prince, following the death of King Abdullah, major leadership hurdles in Saudi Arabia have been crossed, as Gerald Butt explains.   Only hours after the death of King … Continue reading

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  Iran’s ballistic missiles threaten nuclear deal By Ed Blanche As the crucial negotiators between Iran and US-led powers over Tehran’s reported quest for nuclear weapons move into what looks like their final phase, a critical, but rarely mentioned, element … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . MENA refugee crisis escalates

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Governments and NGOs in the Middle East are having to provide support for no fewer than six million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) resulting from current conflicts – with the figure set to rise, as Gerald Butt reports. International … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials have announced. A statement, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Before the announcement in the early hours of Friday 23/01/2015, Saudi television cut to Koranic verses, which often … Continue reading

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