EU Turns Blind Eye to Sisi’s Repression at Summit with Arab League

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi talking with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz

by Rana Allam In one on the most beautiful spots in the world, EU leaders attended a high-level meeting with the Arab League at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to discuss migration, security, and terrorism. The meeting… Continue Reading  

How the Private Sector Supports Authoritarians in the Arab World

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by Charles W. Dunne When the global resilience of authoritarianism and its causes are considered, the role played by governments, leaders, and international organizations and their policies in confronting or abetting dictatorships worldwide is often the focus of discussion. President… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia, Armaments And Conflict In The Middle East

Donald Trump displays a chart of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

by Pieter D. Wezeman Throughout the Middle East, many governments have placed a heavy emphasis on military force as a central tool for pursuing their political agendas and foreign policy aims and for dealing with perceived threats internally and abroad. Many… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Support for Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia (White House via Flickr)

by William Hartung The Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its continued killing of civilians in Yemen has drawn unprecedented scrutiny to the U.S.-Saudi military relationship. This report looks at that relationship in closer detail, with an eye towards… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia Braces for Tougher Post-Election U.S. Attitude

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by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in this week’s mid-term elections and mounting Turkish efforts… Continue Reading