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  

A Saudi-Iranian Dialogue on Regional Security

Prince Turki al Faisal and Ambassador Hossein Mousavian

by Turki al Faisal and Hossein Mousavian With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Iran Deal: A view from Israel

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by Shemuel Meir For many the combination of the words “Donald Trump” and “nuclear weapons” is the stuff of nightmares. “If we have nuclear weapons — why don’t we use it?” asked Trump during his presidential campaign. In his view nuclear… Continue Reading  

What’s Driving the Saudis? Iran.

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by Thomas W. Lippman A dozen or so of your basic Washington types — lobbyists, consultants, think-tankers — were talking with a U.S. senator the other day about the linkages between energy, foreign policy, and national security. The conversation would… Continue Reading  

Iran needs to be Squeezed and Ahmadinejad needs to go

In case you missed these Iran-related talking points last week… Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that “Iran is very vulnerable in the oil sector, and it is there that more could be done… Continue Reading