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Kurdish Leader Resigns Under Pressure from Iraq, Benghazi Militant Captured, Saudi Arabia Gives Investors Futuristic Sales Pitch

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan resigns, the Trump administration is using the Obama playbook for a terrorist captured in Libya, and Saudi Arabia’s plans for reform keep getting more ambitious.

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Questions Senators Should Ask at the AUMF Hearing Regarding the US Citizen Enemy Combatant

On October 30th, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled "The Authorizations for Use of Military Force: Adminstration Perspective," featuring Secretaries Mattis and Tillerson.  This is a good thing.  We should have an updated AUMF.  But, failing that, we should at least have regular and serious hearings in which Congress elicits information about how the President currently construes these authorities.

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Backlash to Kurdish Independence Referendum Begins, Trump Has Made Decision on Iran Deal, Russian and U.S.-backed Forces Converge in Syria

Iraq and its neighbors mobilize against Kurdish referendum, Trump won’t tell his allies his plans for the JCPOA, and Russia bombs Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir El-Zour.

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Kurdish Independence Referendum Draws Criticism and Threats, Saudi Arabia’s “Authoritarian Upgrading” Strategy, and the Gulf’s New Outreach to Israel

Iraq braces for the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum, Saudi Arabia's economic reform project reaches a critical juncture, and the Gulf states seem to be changing their posture toward Israel.

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