Arrests in Saudi Arabia: Causes and Implications

Critical Questions and Answers about arrests in Saudi Arabia Q1: What caused the sudden arrest of dozens of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful individuals? A1: These individuals…

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war on them

Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan said the Lebanese government would “be dealt with as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia” because of what he described…

Saudi Crown Prince Arrests 17 Princes and Businessmen

Saudi’s newly formed anti-corruption committee has arrested at least 17 princes and top officials. The list includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire businessman who owns…

Things that Go Bump in the Night in Riyadh

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Hariri’s resignation, the Saudi purge, and the Houthi missile fired at Riyadh are interconnected. Saturday night was…

The First Visit by a Maronite Patriarch to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi chargé d’affaires in Lebanon, said he handed Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi an invitation on Wednesday to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with King…

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince wants to ‘crush extremists.’ But he’s punishing the wrong people.

From Washington Post, October 31. By Jamal Khashuggi. Last week before an enthusiastic crowd at an investment conference, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looked angry when…

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums

BBC, October 29, 2017 Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, officials say. Families…

Jared Kushner traveled unannounced to Saudi Arabia

CNN, October 30, 2017 By, Kevin Bohn Washington (CNN)Jared Kushner and other senior White House advisers traveled to Saudi Arabia last week to continue discussions…

Saudi Arabia to extract uranium for ‘self-sufficient’ nuclear program

Reuters, October 30, 2017 By Sylvia Westall. ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program…

Don’t Be Fooled by Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Let Women Drive

From New York Magazine, September 30, 2017, by Jonah Shepp. Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif drives her car in Dubai on October 22, 2013.Photo: MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty…

The new OPEC bromance’: How Saudi Arabia and Russia are bonding over oil

From CNBC, October 3, 2017, by Holly Ellyatt. A $1 billion fund will see Russia and Saudi Arabia strengthen their cooperation in oil, gas, electricity and renewable…

King Salman’s Moscow Visit Overshadowed by Past Tensions

From The Washington Institute, October 4, 2017, by Anna Borshchevskaya. The two countries have found themselves at odds on several decades’ worth of regional issues, but Riyadh…