More of the Same at the Arab League

by Ali Bakeer and Giorgio Cafiero When the Arab League held its annual summit last month in Tunisia, a major focus was on Palestine and the Trump administration’s recent recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. Tunisia’s president… Continue Reading  

Economic Reform in the Gulf: Who Benefits?

by James M. Dorsey For Gulf leaders, long-overdue economic reforms were never going to be easy. Leaders like the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, quickly discovered that copying… Continue Reading  

Why MbS May Not Want More Reform

by Paul R. Pillar The image in the West of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) certainly took a big hit with the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul. Many who… Continue Reading  

Senate Takes First Step To End Yemen War, Reorient Foreign Policy

by Ben Armbruster The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure mandating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Saudi/UAE-led war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The vote marks the first time since the War Powers Act of 1973 became law… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Fights Back on Dirty Money

by Eldar Mamedov This week, the European Parliament adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution regretting the Council’s decision to reject the list of countries with high risk for Europe’s financial system proposed by the European Commission. That list was… Continue Reading