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An important area to watch --> Will Saudi Arabia and Russia succeed with rapprochement? 
A recent visit by the kingdom’s deputy crown prince and defence minister Mohammed bin Salman to Saint Petersburg, where he met Russian president Vladimir Putin, has been viewed as an effort to improve ties between the two countries.
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Reviewed a book that gives a lot of insight into global terrorism today. 
The collaboration between former militant Mustafa Hamid and journalist Leah Farrall about his time in Afghanistan is fascinating. Justin Vela finds it also brings fresh insights into Syria and Iraq today.
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Some big changes in Saudi Arabia 
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud appoints interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the new crown prince and the king’s son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as the new deputy crown prince. 
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My article on Christians in Jordan, one of the last safe havens for the religious group in the Middle East. 
Though Christians consider themselves safe in Jordan, there is an undercurrent of uncertainty as extremists wreak havoc in neighbouring countries.
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King Abdullah joins hundreds to offer condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot killed by ISIL.
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These Kuwaiti youth still want change. They want to build businesses and be creative. But the political, economic, and cultural challenges remain.
The youth of Kuwait are ready to take their country forward through technology and a vision of multiculturalism, but are frustrated by government inertia and reluctance to change, Gulf Correspondent Justin Vela writes
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A letter from Doha and the US-Islamic World Forum 
The 12th US-Islamic World Forum was an apt reflection of the region at the moment. Not pretty, but hardly dull, writes Justin Vela.
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A look at one of the few (if only) think tanks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies aims to help the world understand the kingdom, and also affect regional policy.
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Glad I got to write this good news story about a business startup in Kuwait with a lot of potential. http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/startups-flourish-in-kuwait-as-entrepreneurial-spirit-takes-hold
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On Kuwait and the latest Middle East war. 
Will Kuwait be able to use its relationship with Iran to help find a solution to the crisis?
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A new book deftly explains how ISIL’s network gained from Saddam Hussein’s demise in Iraq and how Bashar Al Assad has nurtured it in Syria.
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My latest from Amman, Jordan.
ISIL said that Jordanian airstrikes in Syria killed an American woman hostage, Kayla Jean Mueller, but there has been no evidence to prove their claims.
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Gulf Correspondent and Senior Foreign Editor at The National in Abu Dhabi.
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Justin Vela is Gulf Correspondent and a Senior Foreign Editor at The National in Abu Dhabi. 

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