How the U.S. Can Fix Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia, and Why It Should

April 26 2022

Last week, Iran held a fifth round of talks with Saudi Arabia, in what appears to be an attempt by the two archenemies to settle their differences. The United States, meanwhile, is frustrated with Riyadh’s refusal to increase its petroleum production to make up for Russian oil being taken off the market due to the war in Ukraine. In conversation with Michael Doran and Marshall Kosloff, Mohammed Khalid Alyahya explains that in both cases the kingdom is hedging its bets, concluding from Washington’s behavior over the past decade that America is simply not a reliable ally. Alyahya, elaborating on a recent column, argues that the Saudis want nothing more than to be brought back into the American fold, and to see the U.S. take a firm stand against Iran and its strategy of sowing chaos and creating endless wars throughout the Middle East. (Audio, 43 minutes.)

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More about: Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy

The Demise of UNRWA Is Long Overdue

June 27 2022

The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)—which provides educational and social services to the descendants of Palestinian refugees—recently predicted disaster if the organization is unable to raise $100 million in the next few months. Ruthie Blum explains why this official’s claim that UNRWA “is indispensable in the lives of Palestinian refugees” is simply false:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, UNRWA