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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017.  (photo by REUTERS/Bandar Algaloud)

The long-term cost of Saudi succession shake-up

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

The king of Saudi Arabia has replaced his successor with his favorite son Mohammed bin Salman in a move that was not entirely unexpected, but perhaps poorly timed for Saudi stability.

Influence-rich Saudis blow through Sunni unity

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Just a month after hosting the US president and the leaders of dozens of Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia apparently cares more about putting Qatar in its place than maintaining the alliance it built.

Gulf rift sends tremors through Yemen

Friday, Jun. 16, 2017 | Maysaa Shuja al-Deen, Contributor

The decision by Gulf countries involved in the Yemen war to sever ties with Qatar has created complexities on both sides of the Yemen conflict.

Turkish military will protect Qatari regime if necessary

Monday, Jun. 12, 2017 | Metin Gurcan, Columnist

Ankara revealed a hard stance in the Qatar crisis by fast-tracking legislation that sends Turkish troops there to control protests and confront internal security threats.

After rushing to Qatar's aid, Turkey may have to rethink its Mideast ties

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017 | Fehim Tastekin, Columnist

Ankara, fearing it could be next on the Arab hit list, hastily approves sending troops to Qatar despite Turkey's poor history when intervening in Arab affairs.

Egypt’s role in the push to cut off Qatar

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017 | Ayah Aman, Contributor

With three Gulf states revolting against Qatar's regional policies, Egypt has found the perfect opportunity to sever ties with Qatar after four years of political bickering.

Hamas could be next victim of Qatari-Gulf brawl

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017 | Adnan Abu Amer, Contributor

Qatar politely sent some Hamas leaders packing after several nations, including Saudi Arabia, cut diplomatic ties with Doha.

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