Saudi foreign policy is anything but mad

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Mohamed Bin Salman has made a splash since he was handed the reins of control from his father King Salman. The kingdom has since entered into a war with the Houthis in Yemen, engaged heavily as a partner in constructing the ‘Deal of the Century’, announced ambitious reforms in NEOM and Vision 2030, imprisoned a whole swathe of influential social …

UAE-Saudi dynamics: Thriving partnership or usurpation of status quo?

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The alliance between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East has become a mainstay of the regional dynamics in recent times. The two neighbours are cooperating on Egypt, Yemen, Donald Trump, and the Palestine-Israel conflict. Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman and UAE’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed have seen their own personal relationship blossom. There …

Why Safar al-Hawali’s arrest in Saudi Arabia matters

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Safar Al-Hawali has been arrested for allegedly writing a book entitled ‘Muslims and Western Civilisation’ which contains a chapter that lists a number of advises for the ruling Al-Saud family, clearly intended for Mohamed Bin Salman and implying he is on course for disaster. Al-Hawali is the de facto leader of the Sahwa movment, and islamist-leaning group famous for the …

Mohamed Bin Salman’s Foreign Policy So Far: What you need to know

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman’s foreign policy has caused a splash with a number of foreign policy decisions that have ranged from detaining a sitting prime minister, going to war with a militia, and embarking on a three week tour of the united States lobbying fiercely against the Iran Deal and for wider American institutional support. Nevertheless, far from …

What exactly is the problem between Jordan and Saudi Arabia?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Jordanian King’s decision to retire his brothers Prince Ali bin Hussein and Prince Faisal bin Hussein, along with their cousin Prince Talal bin Mohammed from the army was so sudden and so immediate that many were left reeling at the prospect that one of the most stable governments in the region could now finally be rocked by wider regional …

Why it is too early to call Saudi’s ‘Hariri’ gamble on Lebanon a failure

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

When Saad al-Hariri was ‘recalled’ to Riyadh to subsequently announce his shock resignation, there was little doubt that the indignation felt by many Lebanese was warranted. If anyone needed a clearer example that Lebanon is flapping helplessly in a sea of opposing Saudi and Iranian currents, then Hariri all but confirmed this. However, Hariri soon left Riyadh for Paris and …

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is a result of a golden opportunity

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Middle East peace process has been the bane of many US presidents. Each comes in with their own ‘unique’ approach, navigating the lobbying of AIPAC, Israel’s constant tantrums, the relentless fervour of Hamas, and the inconsistency of Fatah. The problem in and of itself is not complex. Israel is an occupying force on Palestinian territory. What complicates the issue …