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 Ennahda, the Tunisian movement and political party, held its 10th congress from May 20 to May 22, 2016. The event was closely followed by local, regional, and international media and attended by high-level dignitaries and delegations.  Due to the private nature of the congressional sessions, one can only read about what has transpired through leaked reports from the closed sessions: since these reports are leaked by movement leaders and senior members and intended to influence the public and the Tunisian political class in particular, they are often of little help in understanding ‘what is happening insid
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Research Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Sebastian Maier writes a commentary titled: “Calm before the storm? Hezbollah solidifies its foothold along the Lebanese-Syrian border.” Published on the 1st of May, 2016.   Maier begins by citing the satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe in early April 2016, which was confirmed by the global intelligence company Stratfor. The imagery Maier writes, “appeared to confirm a buildup of military fortifications, including artillery caches and defense positions, erected by Hezbollah in a
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“Some Observations on the Significance of President Xi Jinping’s visit and the Problem of the Sino-Saudi Relationship.” By, Mohammed Al-sudairi. Published Rabi Al-Thani, 1437/February, 2016.   Saudi Arabia was accorded the honor of being the first destination on President Xi Jinping’s, tour, which as Al-sudairi argues, “is perceived as being a critical catalyst towards re-energizing the relationship after several years of drift.” In add
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“A New Price Era in a Time of Climate Action: Towards a Resilient and Responsive Saudi Economy” By Noura T Al Saud & Mashael AL-Shalan January 24th, 2016   The relentless pace of major consequential world events in recent years molded some of us into ardent pessimists. The world seemingly feels more vulnerable today than it has ever been; as we struggle to sustain a delicate balance between maintaining security and fostering economic growth. Less imminent and tangible of a threat
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By Noura Turki Al Saud Oct 21, 2015   Since the oil price decline in the Fall of 2014, speculations concerning Saudi Arabia’s behavior in the oil market have been mounting. Traditionally viewed as the oil market’s savior, the Kingdom has borne the burden of oil market disruptions and price volatility since the boom of its oil industry, heightened in the years after the Arab oil embargo in the 1970’s. Today, this trend is being disrupted as Saudi Arabia relinquishes its customary role in stabilizing the market, refusing to bear the sole burden of defending prices. This step has unjustifiably generated noise about a globa
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By Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan   Abstract: In recent months, as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s organization, known as the Islamic State (IS), has grown in influence and renown, tensions between it and other ِAl-Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East have increased. For the time being, al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), led by Abu Basir al-Wuhayshi, is trying to put off a confrontation with IS in order to avoid internecine conflict and divided loyalties within its membership. As al-Qaeda’s major personalities clash over differences in strategy and ambition, the question remains: Is AQAP headed for a bloody civil conflict?
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