Saudi Arabia: A Chilling Message to Foreign Investors and Dissidents

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by Thomas W. Lippman It’s too soon to reach a definitive judgment, but the high-level government shakeup, arrests of brand-name personalities, and far-reaching anti-corruption campaign announced over the weekend in Saudi Arabia have the potential to turn the country into… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Big Step Forward, Another Back

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by Thomas W. Lippman So, with its decision to let women drive, is Saudi Arabia finally modernizing its oppressive rules of social behavior and relaxing its tight restrictions on political and social life? Yes and no. Economic necessity and the… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Nepotism Problem

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by Derek Davison Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has been rising through the ranks of Saudi nobility for several years. Since entering government as an adviser to his father in 2009, when the future King Salman was governor… Continue Reading  

Unintended Consequences of Abrogating Iran’s Nuclear Deal

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by James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump’s targeting of a two-year-old agreement curtailing Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons could not only spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but also tilt European-Chinese competition for domination… Continue Reading  

Qatar and Oman’s Shared Interests

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by Giorgio Cafiero Most Gulf states have taken sides in the 14-week-old Qatar crisis. However, the Sultanate of Oman has remained characteristically neutral. It has called for all involved parties to negotiate a settlement while lending support to the Kuwaiti… Continue Reading