Long rumored to be the favorite to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi will use the presidency as a steppingstone.
The United States has at its disposal a number of diplomatic carrots and sticks that, if wielded effectively, could compel the Houthis to negotiate in order to end the war in Yemen.
With an increasingly complex war in Yemen, can the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts help resolve the conflict?
Friend and foe have been informed that Biden won’t accept what Obama and Trump might have.
The Biden administration preserves space for statecraft, yet honors Khashoggi’s memory by punishing activity against Saudi dissidents abroad.
The new direction taken by the Biden administration might reopen the doors for the United States and European allies to cooperate to bring more security and stability to the Gulf region.
Biden will likely put weapons sales to the Gulf on the back burner, but, at the end of the day, the administration’s positions on arms sales will reflect continuity, not change.
Critics worry that the Trump administration’s threat to designate the Houthis as terrorists would also undermine humanitarian efforts, while President-elect Biden is expected to return to more robust diplomacy.
After the Obama and Trump eras, mutual suspicions abound, but Riyadh has several potential approaches to improve relations with an incoming Biden administration.
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