The Gulf States and the Iran Deal: How Soon They Forget

by Thomas W. Lippman      Let’s assume Khaled Batarfi is correct: President Trump made the right decision about the Iran nuclear agreement. Batarfi, a prominent columnist and analyst in Saudi Arabia, is one of the stampeding herd of writers… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and the Nuclear Temptation

by Thomas W. Lippman Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman, seems to have gotten what he wanted from his long glad-handing tour through the United States and several European capitals. He met President Trump and brand-name business… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: A Chilling Message to Foreign Investors and Dissidents

by Thomas W. Lippman It’s too soon to reach a definitive judgment, but the high-level government shakeup, arrests of brand-name personalities, and far-reaching anti-corruption campaign announced over the weekend in Saudi Arabia have the potential to turn the country into… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Big Step Forward, Another Back

by Thomas W. Lippman So, with its decision to let women drive, is Saudi Arabia finally modernizing its oppressive rules of social behavior and relaxing its tight restrictions on political and social life? Yes and no. Economic necessity and the… Continue Reading  

Balfour at 100: Nothing New for Palestinians

by Thomas W. Lippman In this year of historic anniversaries—50 years since the Six-Day War, 100 since the U.S. entered World War I—another is fast approaching. As autumn comes, those who attempt to keep track of events in the Middle… Continue Reading