The Full Story of Why MbS Might Have Wanted Jamal Khashoggi Dead

The Saudi consulate in Istanbul (deepspace via Shutterstock)

by Said al-Arabi This was not a straightforward snatch and grab attempt. The officers sent to Istanbul to deal with Jamal Khashoggi were given clear instructions; return with Khashoggi alive or kill him there. That order did not come from any… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi-gate and U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

Jamal Khashoggi (HansMusa via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The October 2 kidnapping and probable execution of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues as the number one topic in the Western media. It is not just the grisly details emerging from Turkish… Continue Reading  

Trump Faces the Khashoggi Affair

Donald Trump (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff via Twitter)

by Paul R. Pillar The disappearance and probable death of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi regime is forcing itself onto Donald Trump’s decision plate in ways that not much else has during his presidency, which poses a… Continue Reading  

Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime

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by William D. Hartung If the Saudi government is indeed behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi there should be consequences—political, military, economic, and reputational. Unfortunately, President Trump begs to differ. His reaction to questions about whether the United States… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Rejiggers Middle East At Potentially Horrible Cost

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman

by James M. Dorsey The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At stake is… Continue Reading