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Bridging the Gulf: Obama seeks to reassure Arabian leaders on Iran (part 1)

The US president has welcomed Gulf leaders to both the White House and his Camp David retreat outside Washington. But only two out of six monarchs from the Arabian Peninsula are actually in town. All parties insist that it's not a snub, but it certainly looks that way when you compare it to the royal treatment that France's president got last week at a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. What is the future of US-Gulf relations? Who needs who more?

By François PICARD

Our guests

Alissa RUBIN

Paris Bureau Chief, New York Times

Ardavan AMIR ASLANI

International lawyer and author of several books on Islam and Iran

Hussain ABDUL-HUSSAIN

Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Rai

Kim SHARIF

Yemeni activist and attorney

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2017-12-13 Africa

How to patrol the Sahara? The challenges facing G5 Sahel joint force

Timbuktu may be 4,000 kilometers from Europe's shores - yet how to keep the Sahel safe is a question that needs answers on both sides of the Mediterranean. Nearly five years...

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2017-12-12 environment

One Planet Summit: Who's going to pay for the switch to renewable energy?

It's all fine and good to denounce fossil fuels and call for the switch to renewable energy. But who's going to pay for it? Two years after the Paris Agreement, world leaders are...

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2017-12-11 Middle East

Game changer? Middle East diplomacy after Trump's Jerusalem move

Since Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week, the entire Middle East appears on the verge of bursting into flames. Meanwhile, against the...

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2017-12-07 Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Peacemaker? Erdogan's historic visit to Greece

Even when Recep Tayyip Erdogan is supposed to be burying the hatchet, the Turkish president still somehow manages to take on all comers. He kicked off an historic two-day visit...

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2017-12-06 Israel

US President Trump recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

US President Donald Trump has announced that his country is recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and is moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city. What is the...

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