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  

The Challenge of Saudi-Israeli Intelligence-Sharing

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by Emile Nakhleh Saudi-Israeli relations, especially between their intelligence services, started several years back under the direction of Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and a former director of the Saudi national security council. These relations, however, accelerated significantly during… Continue Reading  

Tackling Corruption: Why Saudi Prince Mohammed’s approach raises questions

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ARABIAN GULF (July 07, 2015) Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Deputy Crown Prince, Minister of Defense Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, speaks with Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anna Van Nuys/Released)

by James M. Dorsey Leave aside for a moment questions of due process. Analysis of  Saudi Arabia’s three largest corporate failures explains why Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent moves look more like a power and asset grab than a credible effort… Continue Reading  

War in the Middle East—Again?

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by Robert E. Hunter About this time 15 years ago, the United States was gearing up for a war against Iraq. Saddam Hussein was purported to have weapons of mass destruction. There was no doubt about his aggressive intentions toward… Continue Reading  

On the Destabilization of the Middle East

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by Derek Davison One of America’s favorite talking points on Iran is its “destabilizing” role in the Middle East. There’s no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that… Continue Reading