What’s next after attacks on Saudi oil facilities?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tehran was behind damaging drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities but Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said that they had carried out the attacks. From what we know what is your reading of a situation, and in your opinion what does the attacks mean for already very tense US-Iran-Saudi Arabia relations? Read few comments.
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Jamal Khashoggi: How will/can Saudi Arabia react on possible sanctions?

Saudi Arabia says it will respond to any outside sanction regarding the case of Jamal Khashoggi with the bigger action, Saudi media warns the US that with eventual sanctions it will stab itself to death and many Gulf and Arab countries supported Riyadh. But countries like the UK, France, Germany ask for answers regarding the fate of Mr. Khashoggi. Where could this lead, do you think a crisis with some global consequences is brewing, or do you see this less dramatically, and why?


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Jamal Khashoggi: How will/can the US, Europe react and what to ask from Saudi Arabia?

President Donald Trump has promised Saudi Arabia a severe punishment (but not cancelling of weapons contracts) if Riyadh murdered Jamal Khashoggi. Should the US, Europe push Saudi Arabia to reveal the fate of Mr. Khashoggi and how they should react if regime killed or kidnapped Mr. Khashoggi? Read few comments.

Jamal Khashoggi speaking at Middle East Monitor’s ‘Oslo at 25’ conference held in London on September 29, 2018. Credit: Jehan Alfarra/https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/

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Driving licenses for women in Saudi Arabia: What does it mean?

As first Saudi women get driving licenses how important do you find this regarding current developments in Saudi Arabia, is it just an easy reform that makes country look good, or do you think it is something what really changes the society? Read few comments.
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A war is coming?: What’s next for Lebanon

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns against Lebanon proxy wars. So how do you assess a possibility of an open war in Lebanon, and what kind of war – who against whom? Read few comments.
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Iran-Saudi relations: Towards the escalation?

As Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after Nimr al-Nimr execution do you think we are heading toward more escalation between Saudi Arabia and Iran and in which form this escalation may happen, or do you think at the end cool heads will prevail on both sides? Read few comments.

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Anything what the world can do about Raif Badawi prison sentence, lashes?

,,Corporal punishment is unacceptable and contrary to human dignity,” said the statement of the EEAS as Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi. How do you see this situation, please, would you say that the international community has some leverage (and what kind of, if any) on Riyadh to prevent the punishment? Read few comments.

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