Saudi Arabia’s True Reformers Are Behind Bars

by Sam Hamad While some hailed “progress” last year with Mohammed bin Salman’s decision to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive, the status quo today indicates that this long-campaigned for “reform” has barely scratched the surface in one of the… Continue Reading  

Why MbS May Not Want More Reform

by Paul R. Pillar The image in the West of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) certainly took a big hit with the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul. Many who… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Fights Back on Dirty Money

by Eldar Mamedov This week, the European Parliament adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution regretting the Council’s decision to reject the list of countries with high risk for Europe’s financial system proposed by the European Commission. That list was… Continue Reading  

Washington Should Challenge Riyadh Over Treatment of Women Activists

by Brian Dooley The news last Friday that Saudi Arabia will send tortured women’s rights activists to trial is another key test of U.S.-Saudi relations. The announcement came just three days after President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met with Saudi Arabia’s… Continue Reading  

China and Saudi Arabia: The Xinjiang Factor

by Giorgio Cafiero As the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the ongoing war in Yemen continually increase the amount of criticism that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) receives in Western countries, he embarked this month on a three-leg… Continue Reading