Saudi Arabia and Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black on Exiles

Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Johannes Jansson/norden.org)

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European… Continue Reading  

Turkey Plays Khashoggi Crisis to Its Geopolitical Advantage

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Gints Ivuskans via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging the case to enhance its… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Rejiggers Middle East At Potentially Horrible Cost

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman

by James M. Dorsey The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At stake is… Continue Reading  

Remodeling the Belt and Road: Pakistan Picks Up the Torch

Imran Khan (Asianet-Pakistan via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments. Preparing for his first visit to China as Pakistan’s prime… Continue Reading  

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, called on Imran Khan, prime minister-in-waiting (Twitter)

by James M. Dorsey Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter… Continue Reading