Rentierism and Rivalry Between Riyadh and Tehran

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In response to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States has long pursued a strategy of counterbalancing, extending its security umbrella to cover the kingdom and the GCC states. But as promises of security… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Nepotism Problem

by Derek Davison Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) has been rising through the ranks of Saudi nobility for several years. Since entering government as an adviser to his father in 2009, when the future King Salman was governor… Continue Reading  

Qatar Crisis Could Lead to War: Veteran US Diplomat

by Jim Lobe Given the fast-moving events in the Persian Gulf region over the past two weeks, LobeLog decided to consult Chas W. Freeman, Jr., whose occasional lectures on key foreign policy issues have been featured on this site for… Continue Reading  

Is the Saudi Prince Up to His New Job?

by Thomas W. Lippman The audacious young prince of Saudi Arabia known as MbS owns it all now, for better or worse. As a wisecracking American might say, “Good luck with that.” With his elevation Wednesday to be crown prince,… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: When Anger Substitutes for Diplomacy

by Eldar Mamedov When the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini meets with her counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at an EU-GCC ministerial meeting on July 20 in Brussels, the mood will be far from jubilant. Not only… Continue Reading