Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy at The Washington Institute, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
Articles & Testimony
His unexpected approach is probably a consequence of the simple judgment that the bickering leaders have a more important issue to focus on: Iran.
Newly-sworn Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took less than 48 hours to indicate that his view of one of his top headaches, the nearly year-long Gulf dispute, was the same as his little-mourned predecessor, Rex Tillerson. The New York Times and other media reported from Pompeo’s aircraft, en route from a NATO meeting in Brussels to the Middle East, that the dispute must end. The simple message, delivered by the proverbial “senior State Department official who was not authorized to be named,” was, “Enough is enough”...