Instability and Salman’s Nepotistic Power Play

by Paul R. Pillar A foreign country may be a problematic partner for the United States for two basic types of reasons, both of which apply to Saudi Arabia. First, the partner’s foreign policies may range from misguided to immoral,… Continue Reading  

What Does Victory in Yemen Look Like?

by James Spencer The Saudi-led war in Yemen, which was initially supposed to have lasted only a few weeks, has now dragged on for more than two years. The fighting has reached a predictable stalemate, in roughly the same place… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full?

by Thomas W. Lippman These are difficult times in Saudi Arabia. The long slump in the price of oil is eviscerating the economy. Neighboring countries are plagued by violence and extremism. Saudi Arabia’s air force has been raining death and… Continue Reading  

Saudis Face Foreign Criticism But No Domestic Backlash over Yemen

by Thomas W. Lippman In many countries, 19 months of war against an impoverished neighbor that rained death on civilians to no apparent gain might provoke widespread public protests. Not in Saudi Arabia. No one in Riyadh is marching around the… Continue Reading  

Oil Uncertainty Threatens Iraq’s Ability to Rebuild

by Derek Davison The global oil market is undeniably in flux. Crude oil prices, after dropping at the start of this year to levels not seen in more than a decade, have climbed nearly $20 per barrel, back into the… Continue Reading