Two Linked Crises in the Persian Gulf

by Robert E. Hunter Iran shot down a Global Hawk U.S. surveillance drone and crowed about it. President Donald Trump says that he decided to strike back at Iran but called it off with 10 minutes to spare. Thus, the… Continue Reading  

UN Report Puts MbS in Corner

by Abdulaziz Kilani The UN’s extrajudicial executions investigator, Agnes Callamard, said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) should be investigated for the October killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. There… Continue Reading  

Remaking al-Bashir’s Regime in Sudan

by Abdulaziz Kilani Last month, the interim leader of Sudan, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, visited Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. At the same time that he was in Abu Dhabi, his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo, was in Jeddah… Continue Reading  

For Saudis, the Product Negates the Message

by Thomas W. Lippman Ever since the Arab oil embargo of 1973-74 infuriated Americans with escalating gasoline prices and long lines at the pump, Saudi Arabia has spent lavishly in the United States on efforts to burnish its image among… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s True Reformers Are Behind Bars

by Sam Hamad While some hailed “progress” last year with Mohammed bin Salman’s decision to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive, the status quo today indicates that this long-campaigned for “reform” has barely scratched the surface in one of the… Continue Reading