U.S. To Boost Saudi Nuclear Power Development

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by Thomas W. Lippman  Almost a decade has passed since President George W.  Bush promised that the United States would help Saudi Arabia develop commercial nuclear energy plants. When he visited Riyadh in May 2008, he pledged to sign a… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: A Chilling Message to Foreign Investors and Dissidents

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by Thomas W. Lippman It’s too soon to reach a definitive judgment, but the high-level government shakeup, arrests of brand-name personalities, and far-reaching anti-corruption campaign announced over the weekend in Saudi Arabia have the potential to turn the country into… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Big Step Forward, Another Back

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by Thomas W. Lippman So, with its decision to let women drive, is Saudi Arabia finally modernizing its oppressive rules of social behavior and relaxing its tight restrictions on political and social life? Yes and no. Economic necessity and the… Continue Reading  

Balfour at 100: Nothing New for Palestinians

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by Thomas W. Lippman In this year of historic anniversaries—50 years since the Six-Day War, 100 since the U.S. entered World War I—another is fast approaching. As autumn comes, those who attempt to keep track of events in the Middle… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Good News and Troubling News On Terrorism

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by Thomas W. Lippman     The latest shuffling of the royal lineup in Saudi Arabia certainly advances the relentless campaign by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s young son, to consolidate power in his own hands. But it… Continue Reading