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Bush’s Saudi success

From Bernard Haykel I’m in Riyadh and the sense I get from the Saudis is that the Bush visit was a success for the President in two ways. First, Bush was told that while the Gulf States’ leaderships are against an attack on Iran, preferring instead diplomatic and UN-based initiatives, they would not stand in […]

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Saudis united

From Bernard Haykel “Lines in the Sand” (Vanity Fair, January 2008, not online) describes a parlor game undertaken by four Middle East specialists (Kenneth Pollack, Daniel Byman, David Fromkin, and Dennis Ross), in which they imagine what the borders of the Middle East would look like if they were to reflect “underlying contours.” In their […]

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