Saudi Human Rights: Never an Issue for the US

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia (White House via Flickr)

by Thomas W. Lippman No one should have been surprised by the tepid response from the U.S. government to the latest arrests of prominent activists in Saudi Arabia. It has been U.S. policy since the administration of Harry S. Truman… Continue Reading  

OPEC and President Trump: His Tweets Don’t Matter

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Moraski

by Thomas W. Lippman There are several possible explanations for the tweet President Trump sent out on Wednesday criticizing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the continuing rise in the price of oil. One is that he simply… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and China: More Alike Than Different

Xi Jinping and Mohammed bin Salman

by Thomas W. Lippman Before 1990, Saudi Arabia did not have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. The rigidly anti-communist Saudis had continued to recognize the government of the Republic of China, on Taiwan. In the years since,… Continue Reading  

The Gulf States and the Iran Deal: How Soon They Forget

Anwar Gargash (France24)

by Thomas W. Lippman      Let’s assume Khaled Batarfi is correct: President Trump made the right decision about the Iran nuclear agreement. Batarfi, a prominent columnist and analyst in Saudi Arabia, is one of the stampeding herd of writers… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear Temptation

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by Thomas W. Lippman Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman, seems to have gotten what he wanted from his long glad-handing tour through the United States and several European capitals. He met President Trump and brand-name business… Continue Reading