Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saudi Arabia Challenged by Iran, Yemen, and ISIS

  • National Review -- Charles Krauthammer The Emerging Iranian Empire

    “The Israelis can defeat any conventional attack. Not so the Gulf Arabs. To the north and west, they see Iran creating a satellite “Shiite Crescent” stretching to the Mediterranean and consisting of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. To their south and west, they see Iran gaining proxy control of Yemen. And they are caught in the pincer.”

  • CNN -- New Saudi King's big challenges: Yemen, Iran and ISIS

    To the south, Yemen is in chaos. To the north, the militant group ISIS is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. More broadly, Saudi Arabia remains locked in a regional cold war with Iran.

  • WP -- Saudi Arabia’s Coming Struggle

    “But the paradox of Saudi Arabia is that the Western-facing kingdom has depended for its legitimacy on a pact with conservative Muslim religious leaders.”