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The Weekly Global Roundup: The Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy Conflict Heats Up (November 6 to 11, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2017/09/Saudi-Arabia-Iran-620x452.jpg.

The countries of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

November 6 to 11, 2017

The ongoing struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia for regional and sectarian influence in the Middle East is heating up. This week, prime minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri abruptly resigned before meeting with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, while citing the influence of the Iran-backed Shi’ite movement Hezbollah in his country. Then, after the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia, the kingdom temporarily shut off access to all air, land, and sea ports to the country. The attempted attack has been characterised by Saudi Arabia as an “act of war”. These developments have also unfolded against a background of domestic developments in Saudi Arabia, with the arrest of 11 princes in a perceived move to consolidate the power of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The New York Times” argues that this proxy conflict is going to get significantly worse, precisely because of this destabilising power transfer. Both Iran and Saudi Arabia are not just forcing middle powers in the region to pick side, but also “turning entire societies against one another, often, though not always, by exploiting religious divides“.

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The Asia-Pacific

  • Toxic air pollution in New Delhi, India has affected flights and trains, caused health problems, and closed 4,000 schools. Last year, levels of PM 2.5 soared to over 16 times the limit in this capital city.
  • Six soldiers in Marawi, the Philippines were killed by pro-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants. The militant group Abu Sayyaf had held parts of the city since May this year, though its leader was killed last month, as Marawi City was liberated.
  • Typhoon Damrey struck Vietnam, leaving at least 27 people dead. The country has been hit by major storms throughout the year.
  • The death toll later rose to over 106.


The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump is on a five-country, 12-day diplomatic tour of Asia.
  • 26 people in Texas were massacred by a gunman, who opened fire in a church. This comes just weeks after the Las Vegas shootings.

Latin America

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