The Politics of the Turkish-Saudi Clash

Fethullah Gulen (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov As Saudi Arabia improvises cover-ups of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a dedicated group of pundits goes into an overdrive trying to minimize the blow to Saudi Arabia’s international reputation. One of the strategies they… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Bogus Claims and the Fate of Mohammad bin Salman

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and King Salman (posterapy via Shutterstock)

by Emile Nakhleh Anyone who follows how the tribal regimes in the Persian Gulf operate in their state-fiefdoms knows that no major decision—political, economic, social, military—is made domestically and internationally without the knowledge and approval of the senior leadership, particularly… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi-gate and U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

Jamal Khashoggi (HansMusa via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter The October 2 kidnapping and probable execution of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues as the number one topic in the Western media. It is not just the grisly details emerging from Turkish… Continue Reading  

European Parliament: Spotlight on the UAE

Ahmed Mansoor (Amnesty International)

by Eldar Mamedov On October 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the harassment, persecution, and detention of prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May 2018 in the United Arab… 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