How Will the Coronavirus Crisis Affect Your Middle Eastern Focus Area in the Coming Months?

2020 Apr 07

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.


How Would You Explain the Recent Spate of Arrests in Saudi Arabia?

2020 Mar 28

A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.


Implications of the Saudi Corruption Arrests

2020 Mar 20

The latest crackdown appears to have targeted senior defense and interior officials, spurring speculation that they are linked to previously detained princes rumored to be plotting a coup.


Russia and Saudis in a Knife Fight Over Oil—But We May Be the Victims

2020 Mar 14

A train wreck is about to occur in the oil market, and there will be casualties. Russia and Saudi Arabia, which previously had cooperated in making the world market well-supplied, no longer can agree on how to share the benefits.


Making Sense of the Saudi Rumors: A Guide to Royal Family Politics

2020 Mar 12

Reports of royal arrests, a possible coup plot, and a brewing oil price war suggest that the kingdom is facing another period of considerable political tension.


Mohammed bin Salman's latest arrests expose weakness at heart of power

2020 Mar 11

The arrest of such high-ranking princes reveals the shaky ground on which the young princes future rests


Toward a Red Sea forum: The Gulf, the Horn of Africa, and architecture for a new regional order

2019 Nov 07

The Red Sea has fast become the subject of new geopolitical intrigue, as unprecedented engagement between Gulf states and the Horn of Africa reframes politics, economics, and security astride one of the world’s most heavily trafficked waterways


Putin in the Gulf: Working with the Saudis on arms, oil and Syria

2019 Oct 16

Moscow and Riyadh agreed to disagree but it does not exclude their cooperation in areas of mutual interest


The Real Reason Trump Won’t Attack Iran

2019 Sep 19

Starting a war to protect oil markets will only backfire.


Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

2019 Sep 18

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces.


Is Salafism making comeback in Egypt?

2019 Sep 01

Egypts Ministry of Religious Endowments granted controversial Sheikh Yasser Borhami, vice president of the Salafist Call, a preaching permit for Friday sermons in Alexandria in August


Muslim Causes Versus National Interest: Muslim Nations Make Risky Bets

2019 Aug 19

Saudi attitudes towards the plight of thousands of illegal Rohingya in the kingdom fleeing persecution in Myanmar and squalid Bangladeshi refugee camps help explain Saudi support


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