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Bilal Y. Saab

Middle East Institute

Bilal Y. Saab
Bilal Y. Saab is senior fellow and director of the Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute. He previously served as a senior advisor for security cooperation with oversight responsibilities for the U.S. CENTCOM Area of Responsibility in the Pentagon’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
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The Coming F-35 Fiasco

Now that Qatar is asking for the jet, it’s time to consider an entirely different approach to helping Gulf nations defend themselves.

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We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East

With allies and direct lines to Beijing, Washington must do more to keep China’s presence in the region from becoming a threat.

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For Saudi Arabia, What Now?

Riyadh has military options for retaliating against Iran. The Trump administration needs to persuade Saudi leaders not to use them.

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Trump’s New Arms-Sales Policy Is Good but Sounds Awful

We must reintegrate arms exports into the U.S. foreign-policy process — and do a far better job of explaining why than the Trump administration has managed so far.

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Obama's Last Chance To Change the Saudi Arabia Playbook

The U.S. can't be the sole guardian of the Gulf forever. It's time to bring in some more friends.

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Beyond Airstrikes, How the US Can Accelerate the Islamic State’s Defeat

Time is not on Washington’s side, despite greater clarity of the military, political and economic efforts it will take to defeat the Islamic State. By Bilal Y. Saab

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Why the Persian Gulf Isn’t Ready for Joint Security

Stop pretending, U.S. partners in the Persian Gulf don’t trust each other or agree on Iran. By Bilal Y. Saab

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Forget the Second Carrier, It's Time to Rethink the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf

It’s not the size of the fleet, it’s how you use it, and PC ships are smaller, more agile and better for Mideast allies. By Bilal Y. Saab and Joseph Singh