Khashoggi’s Disappearance Belies Saudi Reform Narrative

Jamal Khashoggi (Al Jazeera)

by Emile Nakhleh The disappearance and possible murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi lay bare the “reform” lies that Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) has been spouting about his so-called opening up of Saudi society. His thuggish attitude and vicious actions… Continue Reading  

What Is a Rogue State?

Donald Trump and Mohammad bin Salman (White House)

by Paul R. Pillar The concept of a rogue state (or outlaw state, or any equivalent term) cannot just refer to a state pursuing interests that the United States does not happen to like or identify with. States must be… Continue Reading  

Has Saudi Arabia Finally Gone Too Far?

Jim Mattis and Mohammed bin Salman (Defense Department)

by Thomas W. Lippman In the 75-year history of the improbable alliance between the United State and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have taken many actions and adopted many policies that infuriated the White House or Congress or both. They participated… Continue Reading  

Interview with Emile Nakhleh

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by Hasan Mesut Onder  Hasan Mesut Onder: Is America an empire that wants to maintain its global hegemony, a center power trying to create order in the new world through democratic values, or a state controlled by specific lobbies, economic monopolies, religious… Continue Reading  

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, called on Imran Khan, prime minister-in-waiting (Twitter)

by James M. Dorsey Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter… Continue Reading