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Saudi Arabia-Qatar rift rattles the region

Horn of Africa countries must stay out of the zero-sum diplomatic crisis, and coordinate if involvement is necessary. Since King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 81, came to power in 2015, Saudi Arabia has pursued a foreign policy described by many analysts and diplomats as aggressive – a politically risky departure

It’s long past time to rethink U.S. military posture in the Gulf

By Mara Karlin and Mellisa Dalton A number of U.S. officials, including President Trump and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, have recently suggested that the U.S. military should consider eliminating its military presence in Qatar. Doing so precipitously would be a mistake, and given the strategic, operational, and financial stakes, rather unlikely. But there are other reasons to rethink U.S. military posture

Qatar signs deal with Italy for warships amid row with Saudi Arabia

Qatar has signed a 5-billion-euro deal with Italy for seven warships amid a nearly two-month diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and its regional allies. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani made the announcement on Wednesday at a joint news conference with his visiting Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano in Doha. "We

Unpacked: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and a divided Gulf

Editor's Note: In Unpacked, Brookings experts provide analysis of Trump administration policies and news.   The issue: Shortly after President Trump visited Saudi Arabia for a summit with Islamic leaders, the Saudi government announced that they would cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Qatar. The Trump administration initially supported the Saudi blockade on

Tillerson shuttling back to Qatar with Arab rift unsettled

·        Gulf States say counterterrorism deal signed between Qataris and US Tuesday does not go far enough   The US’s top diplomat was expected to travel back to Qatar on Thursday for more talks with the country’s 37-year-old emir, a day after wrapping up discussions with the king of Saudi Arabia and