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  

Bangladesh Looks to Saudi Arabia in a Twist of Irony

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by James M. Dorsey Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past… Continue Reading  

Media Boosts Obvious Saudi Front Group as Neutral ‘Think Tank’

Arabia Foundation Executive Director Ali Shihabi (YouTube)

by Adam Johnson The Arabia Foundation appeared in spring 2016, seemingly out of nowhere, as a Saudi-focused think tank with “ties to Riyadh,” but vaguely independent of the regime. Or at least independent enough so that media wouldn’t represent it… Continue Reading  

Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in 2016 (SPA)

by James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well… 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