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House Oversight Committee Report on Saudi Nuclear Transfer Deal

On July 29, the House Oversight and Reform Committee released a report on the influence wielded by private individuals with connections to President Trump over the administration’s push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, which it pursued without a bilateral agreement under Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act. This report builds on the committee’s report of February 19, 2019, and is based on documents the committee obtained from several outside companies.

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Where Trump’s Veto Leaves the Yemen Resolution

Late in the evening on Apr. 16, President Trump informed the Senate that he was officially vetoing S.J. Res. 7, the joint resolution that many hoped would bring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led military intervention against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Trump’s veto almost certainly means that S.J. Res. 7 will never be enacted into law. But it sets the stage for the next fight over U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war.

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Document: House Oversight Committee Report on Saudi Nuclear Transfer

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has released an interim report on an alleged effort by the Trump administration to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, centrally involving former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and President Trump's associate Thomas Barrack. The report is available here and below.

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What International Law Tells Us About the Khashoggi Investigation

Almost two weeks have passed since prominent Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared into Saudi Arabia’s consulate building in Istanbul, Turkey. While Saudi officials claim that he left the building shortly after arriving, his departure was not captured on any nearby surveillance cameras—nor observed by his fiancée, who was waiting for him outside.

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On an Island: Saudi Arabia’s Relentless Obsession With Qatar Is Aiding Iran

For more than a year, Saudi Arabia and its allies—especially the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, collectively referred to as the Quartet—have led a relentless, and seemingly counterproductive campaign against Qatar in a feckless attempt to bully and intimidate Doha. In addition to a blockade, the Saudis are allegedly moving forward with a plan to dig a canal on their border to turn Qatar into an island.

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