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Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Saudi-backed Yemeni government and separatists sign power-sharing agreement

On Tuesday, November 5, the Hadi government signed a power-sharing agreement with southern separatists in Riyadh. The separatists and Hadi-led Yemen Government are backed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, specifically by the United Arab Emirates. Infighting between them further fractured the civil war in August when the separatists seized Aden from Saudi-led forces. It […]

MENASource by MENASource

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Livingston quoted in Axios on Saudi oil

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance
Saudi Aramco oil facility

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Two frameworks for understanding the Aramco IPO

The recent announcement that the partial initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco is finally moving forward is either a cause for celebration or consternation, depending on your perspective. The divergence in views comes from the way in which market players and analysts understand the IPO and the role of Aramco in the Saudi economy.

EnergySource by Randolph Bell

Energy Markets & Governance Oil and Gas

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Wald joins Bloomberg to discuss the Aramco IPO

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy Markets & Governance Geopolitics & Energy Security

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Katz quoted in TRT World on the potential sale of Russian S-400s to Saudi Arabia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Missile Defense Russia
Manufacturing facility

Tue, Oct 22, 2019

The Saudi Aramco-SABIC merger: How acquiring SABIC fits into Aramco’s long-term diversification strategy

Table of Contents SABIC Aramco’s strategy: Transparency Aramco’s strategy: Diversification The Aramco-SABIC merger: Common ground, synergies, and lack thereof Unforeseen consequences of the Aramco-SABIC merger Financial review SABIC-Saudi Aramco post-acquisition structure Merger and bureaucratic battles Conclusion In August 2018, Saudi Aramco1This paper will use “Saudi Aramco” and “Aramco” in reference to the same company, whose […]

Issue Brief by Jean-François Seznec

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Kashmir is driving Pakistan’s mediation efforts between Tehran and Riyadh

From Imran Khan’s perspective, the issue of Kashmir has not attracted enough international attention. Mediating de-escalation in the Persian Gulf could strengthen his ability to bring more attention to that crisis too.

IranSource by Fatemeh Aman

India Iran

Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Winning the humanitarian war in Yemen

While Saudi Arabia came into Yemen very sensitive of the regional Iranian challenge and Houthi threat, its war strategy and foreign policy lacks any awareness of the looming and ongoing environmental and humanitarian war that will affect the overall outcome of the peace in Yemen.

MENASource by Hadi Fathallah

Conflict Middle East

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Khoury quoted in Al Jazeera on the Houthis’ capture of three Saudi brigades

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Non-Traditional Threats

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Making sense of HOPE: Can Iran’s Hormuz Peace Endeavor succeed?

Since President Hassan Rouhani’s election in 2013, Iran has proposed the establishment of a regional dialogue forum at various international conferences, through articles in numerous platforms, and within official statements.

IranSource by Mehran Haghirian and Luciano Zaccara

Conflict Iran