Saudi Arabia and China: More Alike Than Different

Xi Jinping and Mohammed bin Salman

by Thomas W. Lippman Before 1990, Saudi Arabia did not have diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. The rigidly anti-communist Saudis had continued to recognize the government of the Republic of China, on Taiwan. In the years since,… Continue Reading  

Religion Corrupting Policy—and Vice Versa

John Hagee delivers benediction at opening of US embassy in Jerusalem

 by Paul R. Pillar The most jarring takeaway from the ceremony redesignating a U.S. consulate building in Jerusalem as an embassy certainly was the juxtaposition of the self-congratulatory speechmaking with the killing on the same day. Forty miles away, Israeli… Continue Reading  

What Is Facebook Trying to Do?

Mark Zuckerberg giving 2018 Facebook keynote address (Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

by James J. Zogby This week, Facebook made a rather strange and disturbing set of announcements. In response to concerns raised by several civil rights organizations—including my own, the Arab American Institute—about hate groups using their platform to harass and at… Continue Reading  

Astronomy: The Outer Frontier of Saudi Liberalization

Richard Branson

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s ventures in space, confirmed during the prince’s recent visit to the United States, was more than… Continue Reading  

Bangladesh Looks to Saudi Arabia in a Twist of Irony

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by James M. Dorsey Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past… Continue Reading