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Saudi Arabia grapples with rising security threats on several fronts

Saudi Arabia’s more muscular approach to settling regional disputes, a feature of Riyadh’s projection of power during Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz (MBS)’s rise to ascendency, has seen the kingdom and its allies become bogged down in conflict in Yemen, confronting Iran in a number of theatres – including Gulf waters, where a series of naval incidents has heightened the risk of a more violent confrontation – and embroiled in a standoff with Qatar that shows no sign of resolution.

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