What Now for U.S. Policy and the Crown Prince?

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by Thomas W. Lippman Nothing in history is truly unprecedented, but the conundrum the White House and US policymakers now face in dealing with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is at least highly unusual. It’s hard… Continue Reading  

Mohammed bin Salman: Too Big to Fail

Prince Mohammed bin Salman (U.S. Navy/Anna Van Nuys)

by Thomas W. Lippman A month after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, an international consensus is emerging about how to respond: deplore the crime, demand justice, but don’t cut ties with the kingdom.… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Case: Saudi Arms Purchases Are No Valid Excuse

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump (White House)

by Thomas W. Lippman What is President Trump waiting for? Amid the international uproar over the disappearance of a dissident Saudi Arabian journalist and his apparent murder by Saudi security agents, Trump has refrained from passing judgment on the Saudi… Continue Reading  

Has Saudi Arabia Finally Gone Too Far?

Jim Mattis and Mohammed bin Salman (Defense Department)

by Thomas W. Lippman In the 75-year history of the improbable alliance between the United State and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have taken many actions and adopted many policies that infuriated the White House or Congress or both. They participated… Continue Reading  

Saudi Human Rights: Never an Issue for the US

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia (White House via Flickr)

by Thomas W. Lippman No one should have been surprised by the tepid response from the U.S. government to the latest arrests of prominent activists in Saudi Arabia. It has been U.S. policy since the administration of Harry S. Truman… Continue Reading