Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia v. Morocco: Competing for the Mantle of Moderate Islam

Moroccan King Mohammed VI and Saudi King Salman

by James M. Dorsey Lurking in the background of a Saudi-Moroccan spat over World Cup hosting rights and the Gulf crisis is a more fundamental competition for the mantle of spearheading promotion of a moderate interpretation of Islam. It’s a competition in… 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-Iranian Rivalry in the European Parliament

Adel al-Jubeir meets with Federica Mogherini

by Eldar Mamedov Saudi-Iranian rivalry is not limited to the Middle East but also plays out in the ministries and parliaments outside the region. Such was the case this week in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament adopted two human-rights-related resolutions:… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Saudi Press Agency)

by International Crisis Group Saudi Arabia is re-engaging with Iraq after nearly a quarter-century of broken ties. The rapprochement began in 2016, sharply accelerated in mid-2017 and stands to move even faster after Iraq’s general elections in May 2018, particularly… Continue Reading