American-Saudi Strategic Partnership: Time to Reset

Donald Trump meets Mohammed bin Salman at the White House (White House)

by Emile Nakhleh The American-Saudi strategic relationship, which began in the 1940s after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, has reached a critical juncture and should be reset. The two… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Unending Shia Repression

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (State Department)

by Emile Nakhleh Amid the Saudi-caused horrific human tragedy in Yemen and the ongoing investigation into the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Bahraini regime has imposed a life sentence on Shia cleric Sheikh… Continue Reading  

MbS: The New Saddam of Arabia?

Ben Gingell via Shutterstock

by Emile Nakhleh As Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has terrorized his opponents at home and abroad, fear has spread within the Saudi kingdom. Has he become the new Saddam of Arabia? As Iraq’s Saddam Hussein did in the 1980s, MbS is… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Bogus Claims and the Fate of Mohammad bin Salman

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and King Salman (posterapy via Shutterstock)

by Emile Nakhleh Anyone who follows how the tribal regimes in the Persian Gulf operate in their state-fiefdoms knows that no major decision—political, economic, social, military—is made domestically and internationally without the knowledge and approval of the senior leadership, particularly… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi’s Disappearance Belies Saudi Reform Narrative

Jamal Khashoggi (Al Jazeera)

by Emile Nakhleh The disappearance and possible murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi lay bare the “reform” lies that Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has been spouting about his so-called opening up of Saudi society. His thuggish attitude and vicious actions… Continue Reading