Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, protests in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo, Norway, (Ryan Rodrick Beiler via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially… Continue Reading  

Turkey vs. Saudi Arabia: Will the U.S. Have to Pick a Side?

Mohammed bin Salman and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Derek Davison In the mid-twentieth century, U.S. Middle East policy rested primarily on its alliances with three major regional players: Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The alliance with Iran was, of course, broken in the wake of the 1979… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi Rejiggers Middle East At Potentially Horrible Cost

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman

by James M. Dorsey The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. At stake is… Continue Reading  

Can the GCC Survive the Qatar Crisis?

The GCC in more harmonious times

by Derek Davison  Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It was on June 5, 2017, that four nations—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading  

Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf

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by Eldar Mamedov  Recent years have seen a rise of what could be described as Arab neoconservatives: ambitious leaders such as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.… Continue Reading