Saudi Arabia’s Strange Bedfellows 

British MEP Sajjad Karim (Wikimedia Commons/Leila Paul)

by Eldar Mamedov At the beginning of December a group of “independent women-pioneers” from Saudi Arabia visited Brussels. The delegation had meetings in the European Parliament (EP), European Commission and think-tanks. The announced purpose of the visit was to hold… Continue Reading  

The Saudi Strategy to Influence Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by Seyyed Ali Nejat and Mohammad Reza Mohammadi The victory in the August 2018 elections in Pakistan of the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by Imran Khan—and the failure of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, which has traditional ties to Saudi Arabia’s… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia, Armaments And Conflict In The Middle East

Donald Trump displays a chart of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

by Pieter D. Wezeman Throughout the Middle East, many governments have placed a heavy emphasis on military force as a central tool for pursuing their political agendas and foreign policy aims and for dealing with perceived threats internally and abroad. Many… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Crisis: Climate Change Opportunity


by Sunjeev Bery and Michelle Dixon Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is fast becoming a pariah among world leaders. Even as his family-run government continues pumping millions of barrels of oil, his own stock is dropping fast.… Continue Reading  

MbS Tries to Restart the Lebanese War


by Paul R. Pillar The record of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia has included a trail of regional destabilization. Foremost on this record has been an air war in Yemen that has… Continue Reading