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President Barack Obama hosts a working session of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David in Maryland, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Kim Ghattas, BBC: Why Saudi Arabia has lost faith in the US

One key sentence in President Barack Obama's press conference at Camp David last week clearly illustrates the gulf between Washington and its allies on the Arabian Peninsula when it comes to Iran.

"We gave [our allies] our best analysis of the enormous needs that Iran has internally and the commitment that Iran has made to its people in terms of shoring up its economy and improving economic growth," said President Obama, when asked about concerns that Iran would use the money from sanctions relief for nefarious aims in the region.

He added that "most of the destabilising activity that Iran engages in is low-tech, low-cost activity".

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 18, 2015

What's behind Saudi Arabia's new muscularity -- Taylor Luck, CSM

ISIS seizes key Iraqi city of Ramadi: What happens next? -- Jethro Mullen and Yousuf Basil, CNN

Exclusive: FBI Grills ISIS ‘Mother’ About U.S. Hostages -- Shane Harris & Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast

Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies? -- Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and Michael Weiss, CNN

Chinese Regional Hegemony in Slow Motion -- Patrick Cronin, War On The Rocks

How Will We Know When China is Number One? -- Peter Harris, National Interest

Karachi’s Deadly Unrest -- Kiyya Baloch, The Diplomat

Afghanistan: Not Another Proxy Battleground -- Ali Reza Sarwar, The Diplomat

North Korea Raises the Stakes with Nuclear Sub -- James Dwyer, Real Clear World

Russia: Twenty Feet from War -- Ahmed Rashid, New York Review Of Books

Russia’s Richest Billionaire Says Impact of Sanctions Is Waning -- Ryan Chilcote & Yuliya Fedorinova, Bloomberg

What's behind Macedonia's unrest? -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera

Greek Endgame Nears for Tsipras as Collateral Evaporates -- Nikos Chrysoloras & Vassilis Karamanis, Bloomberg

Venezuela’s Lost Generation -- Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed

Cops Rip Bikini Bar Twin Peaks After Waco Biker Gang Shootout -- Kate Briquelet, Daily Beast

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