Washington’s Multi-Million-Dollar Saudi PR Machine

by Eli Clifton Public image isn’t something one can always control, but Saudi Arabia is spending millions of dollars on Washington lobbyists and PR firms to improve the Kingdom’s reputation in the West. The execution of Shiite leader Sheik Nimr… Continue Reading  

Needed: A Balanced Approach to Saudi-Iran Escalation

by Ellie Geranmayeh Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have gone from terrible to non-existent. It is clear to the West that both sides have provoked further escalation in an already fragile region. It will be critical to avoid aligning too… Continue Reading  

Neocons Defend Saudi Arabia

by Jim Lobe Much of the West is focused on the latest sectarian provocations by Saudi Arabia, such as the execution of Shiite leader Sheik Nimr Baqr al-Nimr followed by the formal breaking of diplomatic relations with Iran in uber-retaliation… Continue Reading  

The Arab Spring Five Years On: Counterrevolution and Fading Euphoria

by Emile Nakhleh As Arab publics reminisce on the fifth anniversary of the 2011 upheavals against their dictatorial regimes, they must feel dismayed and angry at what has transpired since then. The unprecedented euphoria that accompanied the Arab Spring and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Executions: A Trap for Washington?

by Jean-Francois Seznec Observers of the Middle East woke up on the normally peaceful day after the New Year to the unsettling news that Saudi Arabia had executed 47 terrorists. Among the executed were three foreign nationals, 40 Saudi Sunnis… Continue Reading