Articles written by: Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 28 Jun, 2015

Opinion: The Deadlock in Yemen

Since its start, not much was expected from the UN-sponsored peace conference on Yemen which was held in Geneva at the behest of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The talks focused exclusively on negotiations between the Yemeni forces fighting for power while representatives of concerned countries were sidelined. The opposition—that is, the Houthi movement and ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh—considered it an opportunity to gain international legitimacy. Meanwhile, Yemen's internatio...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 21 Jun, 2015

Opinion: The Russians are coming to Saudi Arabia

Last week I attended a closed seminar organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in the US capital. It mainly focused the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. The looming nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran dominated the discussion, since it represents an important political turning point. Some of the attendees asked about reactions towards this deal and its potential consequences, whether on the political or military fronts. Others anticipated that the deal will provoke seve...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 14 Jun, 2015

Opinion: Iraq and Syria—One Country, One War

About a year ago, US President Barack Obama attempted to justify Washington’s different approach on the crises in Iraq and Syria. While drones, military consultants, and arms hav...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 6 Jun, 2015

Opinion: The long-term fallout of religious warfare

We are going through a gigantic, chaotic war in the Middle East. It is worse than anything the region witnessed even during the two world wars. All kinds of weapons are being used,...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 31 May, 2015

Opinion: A United Front against the Extremists

It is no coincidence that in some Western countries, whose constitutions clearly stipulate protecting freedom of expression and political affiliation, neo-Nazi groups are banned wi...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 24 May, 2015

Opinion: Morons and Traitors

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed those criticizing him, saying: “Anyone who says anything contrary to what is said here is a moron, is blind, and a traitor. The...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 17 May, 2015

Opinion: Should Egypt execute Mursi and the Brotherhood elite?

Both sides in Egypt chose to escalate the conflict. Muslim Brotherhood leaders who fled and settled abroad made a conscious decision to defy the regime, justifying the killings in ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 14 May, 2015

Opinion: Iran nuclear deal will empower Tehran’s hardliners

There is an illusion that the promised agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program will push it toward moderation, as well as economic and political openness. What will proba...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Sunday, 10 May, 2015

Opinion: Is the Camp David summit a marketing tool for the Iran deal?

US President Barack Obama is known for his persuasive talents. Indeed, the upcoming Camp David summit may not only ease the minds of the invited Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) lead...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 7 May, 2015

Opinion: The Battle for Yemen’s Future

The Yemeni crisis involves several parties, but it can be summed up as being a conflict between forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi rebels on one han...

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