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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Saudi Public Differs with Some Official Foreign Policies, but not on Sectarian Line

David Pollock

Data from a rare yet highly reliable Saudi public opinion poll—commissioned by the Washington Institute and conducted in June—shows a mix of attitudes on key foreign policy issues, with both popular support and opposition expressed towards the Saudi government’s stances. On most issues polled, surprisingly, the country’s small Shia minority does not differ much from the Sunni majority.

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The 25-Year Agreement between China and Iran: A Continuation of Previous Policy

Sheng Zhang

The recently announced 25-year agreement between China and Iran appears to have become almost an urban myth among Middle East watchers. However, these assumptions are misunderstanding the agreement; it does not have any sort of revolutionary dimension for the China-Iran relationship. Rather, the agreement is mostly a gesture of friendship and the natural and unsurprising continuation of the relationship between the two states.

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On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

Michael Knights

On July 6, 2020, Iraq’s most prolific security commentator Husham al-Hashemi was assassinated in Zayouna, a social melting pot neighborhood of east Baghdad. Iraq’s protesters, journalists, and security agencies knew Husham well, as did nearly all the governments of the international Coalition. Everyone, from every angle, must lend their voice and their efforts to finding and prosecuting Husham’s killers, and those who killed protesters and journalists, before they kill more Iraqis.