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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

Securing the Persian Gulf: With fiscal limits and 'pivot' to Asia, U.S. strategy could change

By Brian M Downing The Persian Gulf has been critical in U.S. strategic thinking since the rise of oil production there in the 1930s. Three things, however, are calling its importance into question. First, U.S. oil and gas production, owing to the exploitation of shale formations inside the U.S., has risen markedly, making self-sufficiency a […]