American-Saudi Strategic Partnership: Time to Reset

Donald Trump meets Mohammed bin Salman at the White House (White House)

by Emile Nakhleh The American-Saudi strategic relationship, which began in the 1940s after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met with the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, has reached a critical juncture and should be reset. The two… Continue Reading  

Desert Chieftains, Modern World

King Salman

by Richard Sindelar As the Riyadh Comedy Club’s hit show, “How Am I Gonna Explain It Today” keeps ‘em rolling in the aisles, media pundits, analysts, and a wide range of governments are sorting through the dislocations, damage, and even… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Loss of Economic Confidence

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by Charles Kestenbaum Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is leading a delegation to the US in coming weeks, seeking to attract massive US investment in the IT and high-tech sectors. The crown prince’s development plan for Saudi Arabia—called… Continue Reading  

What If Saudi Arabia Collapses?

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with King Salman Abdulaziz on July 22, 2015.Carter and The King of Saudi Arabia meets to discuss issues of importance. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen) (Released)

by Theodore Karasik and Joseph Cozza The Saudis are entering a period of immense uncertainty as the kingdom moves forward with the National Transformation Plan (NTP) and Vision 2030 announced by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in April.… Continue Reading  

All in the Family, Saudi Style

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by Thomas W. Lippman Not since the royal power struggle of the 1950s have the rivalries and conflicts within the ruling family of Saudi Arabia burst into public view as they have in the past two weeks. The British newspaper The… Continue Reading