September 25, 2017

Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia

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Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

Many believe that Gwadar Port and Chinese investment in Pakistan may have created discomfort in Iran. (Photo Umar Gondal, CC license)

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today. Read More »

The Qatar Crisis: A Diplomatic Curveball for Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meeting with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in Islamabad in January 2016. (Photo via video stream)

The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy. Read More »

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 »

Saudi Arabia the Next stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz ahead of their meeting in Beijing on March 17, 2017. (Photo via video stream)

The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture and will be an increasingly important space to watch. Read More »

Israel, Saudi Arabia New Middle East’s Strange Bedfellows

Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal and retired Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror together at a Washington event hosted by The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. (Photo: Youtube/FPIF)

Israel and Saudi Arabia are burying the hatchet. For at least 10 reasons, that's not such a good idea. Read More »

What Does the Next OPEC Meeting Have in Store?

(Photo by Day Donaldson, Creative Commons License)

The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Read More »

Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

Pollution in New Delhi has emerged as a major problem. (Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Follow, Creative Commons License)

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast. Read More »

The Old Oil Order Is Collapsing

An oil refinery in Saudi Arabia. Much of the oil producing countries need the oil prices to stay at least at $54 a barrel to balance their budgets. (Photo via video stream)

If even Saudi Arabia is ready to move away from its reliance on petroleum, we're indeed entering a new world — one in which the titans of oil production will no longer hold sway over our lives. Read More »

Why China is Really Dictating the Oil Supply Glut

China has been on oil buying spree ever since the global oil prices plunged. (Photo by Pieter van Marion, Creative Commons License)

China’s massive oil imports despite dropping domestic demand are contributing to driving the oil prices up. If their imports drop, the world will return to the supply glut and oil prices will retrace back to the lower $30s/b. 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 »