May 28, 2017

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View from Riyadh: Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia and Gulf Unity!

President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia comes weeks after his meeting with the Kingdom's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in White House in March this year. (Photo via video stream)

The Trump administration has decided to rehabilitate its time-tested alliance with the Gulf and allied Arab and Muslim states, such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Turkey. Read More »

US-Saudi Ties and Middle East’s New Realities 

King Salman greets the President and First Lady.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, Creative Commons License)

As Saudi Arabia embarks on a period of significant economic and foreign policy change, the United States should use all the incentives at its disposal to press for change in a progressive direction. Read More »

Saudi Arabia is Simmering at Home?

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud receives governors of regions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the occasion of their 22nd annual meeting. (Photo courtesy SPA)

To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the kingdom is under constant threat from Iran. But graver threats of their own making lurk at home. Opinion-makers in Saudi Arabia itself have a different narrative about the growing instability in the region. Here is what they argue. Read More »

New Anchors for US-Egypt Relations

In the past year-and-a-half, many Egyptians’ overriding focus has been security—both basic law and order and economic stability. (Photo by Omar Robert Hamilton, Creative Commons License)

Top US policymakers increasingly speak of Egypt as a problem to be managed, their attention focused on avoiding the worst-case outcomes of state collapse. The past four years have taken a serious toll on U.S.-Egypt ties. But 2015 offers potential opportunities, requiring the two countries to learn some lessons from the past and to look to the future. Read More »

Oil Prices: Will the Gulf States Run Out of Power?

(Photo by Andrew Mager, Creative Commons License)

How vulnerable are the Gulf economies to low oil prices and how will they cope if the current slump continues? Read More »

Kingdom of Slaves

The plight of foreign laborers in the Gulf—who make up large majorities of the population in the smaller emirates—underscores a dark underside to the modern, glossy exterior the GCC states like to showcase to the world. (Photo by Rebel Against Injustice, Creative Commons License)

The unspeakable abuse of foreign laborers in the Gulf underscores a dark underside to the modern, glossy exterior the GCC states like to showcase to the world. In the absence of a powerful labor movement in the Gulf, the GCC’s millions of suffering foreign laborers will have to hope that their home countries can protect them abroad, even if they couldn’t provide jobs at home. Read More »