Saudi-US Relations

Soleimani Assassination to send Shockwaves through the Middle East and Beyond

cc Erfan Kouchari, modified, Tansim news agency,

Though the assassination will further destabilize the region, a large-scale conventional conflict remains unlikely.

With Aramco IPO, Riyadh Doubles Down on Economic Diversification

Riyadh skyline, modified, MO, public domain,

But geopolitics could get in the way of MBS’ reform program for the Saudi economy.

Fallout from Saudi Oil Facility Attack

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Appraising the geopolitical and market fallout from the mysterious attack on Saudi oil facilities earlier this month.

History Repeating: Mohammed Bin Salman and the Khashoggi Affair

Khash, cc FLickr Pomed, modified,

The current scandal closely resembles the experience of another famous member of the House of Saud.

Fallout Mounts for Saudi Arabia in Wake of Khashoggi Murder

Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts an enhanced honor cordon to welcome Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, to the Pentagon, June 16, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, modified,

The diplomatic consequences are mounting for Saudi Arabia after the apparent assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia: Turning Vision 2030 into Reality

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Will Saudi Arabia lose its nerve on economic reform now that oil prices have partially recovered?

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Maps Out the End of the Oil Era

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Just how practical is Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan to transition its economy away from oil?

Saudi Arabia Comes to the Rescue of the Egyptian Economy

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Egypt’s economic struggles have allowed Saudi Arabia to increase its hold over a major geopolitical prize of waterborne trade: the Suez Canal.

The Saudi Connection in the Belgium Attacks

CCTV footage of the Belgium attacks suspects. Public Domain.

Anyone familiar with the rise of Islamic extremism in Belgium would not be surprised by last week’s attacks.

GPM Outlook 2015: War, Refugees, and Chaos in the Middle East


2015 projects to be another difficult year for the Middle East, with old vacuums widening and a few new ones opening up.

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