Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, protests in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo, Norway, (Ryan Rodrick Beiler via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially… Continue Reading  

We’re Sorry, Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

by Paul R. Pillar Personal fondness for a foreign country plays such a large role for many participants in the debate about U.S. foreign policy (including policy toward the Middle East) that I should begin this piece with a disclosure:… Continue Reading  

The Discontents of the Saudi “Moderate Islam” Project

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by Eldar Mamedov Expanding on his vision of a new Saudi Arabia, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) announced a pledge a few days ago to promote “moderate Islam” and “eradicate all remnants of extremism in the near future.”… Continue Reading  

Saudi Charm Offensive in Europe

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by Eldar Mamedov Saudi Arabia has launched what seems like a charm offensive following the historic vote by the European Parliament (EP) demanding an arms embargo on Riyadh because of the grave violations of the international humanitarian law by the… Continue Reading  

Saudi Dissident Gets EU’s Top Human Rights Prize

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by Eldar Mamedov On October 29, the European Parliament awarded the EU’s top human rights prize—the Sakharov prize for freedom of expression—to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Saudi authorities accused Badawi of blasphemy and sentenced him to 1,000 lashes and 10… Continue Reading