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  

Saudi Religious Moderation: How Real Is It?

by James M. Dorsey Meet Mohammed bin Abdul-Karim Al-Issa, the public face of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s version of moderate Islam.

Britain’s Post-Brexit Future in the Middle East

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Amid economic and political uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the European Union (Brexit), the United Kingdom may drift closer toward the United States and other traditional allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel. Yet such an outcome could… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Affair: Will US Now Put Its Interests First in Middle East?

by Robert E. Hunter Yesterday, President Donald Trump snapped back all sanctions on Iran that were removed as the U.S. part of the bargain under the July 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). That agreement… Continue Reading  

Has Saudi Arabia Become a Monarchy of Fear?

by Daniel Brumberg The murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi reminded Americans that the United States remains aligned with Arab leaders who regularly repress, imprison, and kill opponents for expressing their political views. Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi Arabian… Continue Reading