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A Sultan Dies. Can His Singular Diplomacy Survive?

Jan 16, 2020 - The New York Times

America and Iran, Iran and Israel, Saudis and Houthis, Sunnis and Shiites — the ruler of Oman shuttled between them all.

America and Iran, Iran and Israel, Saudis and Houthis, Sunnis and Shiites — the ruler of Oman shuttled between them all.

In the first two years of the Trump administration, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the late ruler of Oman, confronted a stark situation: Iran-backed Houthi rebels were fighting on his doorstep in Yemen, Israel was attacking his Palestinian allies, a...