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Time to Move the 5th Fleet? How U.S. Appeasement Is Undermining Bahrain’s Stability

Posted June 17th, 2016 at 11:07 am (UTC-4)
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This week’s attacks on dissent in Bahrain have changed the equation that Washington uses to calculate its regional interests. Among other things, the administration should now start an interagency discussion on the future location of the Fifth Fleet.

Saudi Plays Dangerous Regional Game with Executions

Posted January 4th, 2016 at 12:37 pm (UTC-4)
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By Barbara Slavin Just when a U.S.-led coalition in Iraq appears to be making headway against the group that calls itself the Islamic State (ISIS), Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Saudi Shi’ite cleric threatens to harden the sectarian divide fueling the region’s conflicts. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who led Saudi Arabia’s Shi’ite minority in protests […]