Turki bin Salman is the quiet money man, the consigliere, in the family business of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Turki’s star is rising as the already immense fortune of Salman’s immediate family continues to grow and grow.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues his ruthless campaign of suppressing critics and anyone else he deems a threat to his one-man rule.
The Saudi economy is buoyant while the Lebanese economy has collapsed, marking the contrasting fates of different players in the Middle East.
Despite the optics and the apparent climbdown by President Joe Biden amidst claims of Saudi resentment and a rupturing US-Saudi partnership, Chatham House’s Neil Quilliam and Azure Security’s Alice Gower argue that the relationship with Saudi Arabia though strained was never at serious risk.
A historic bribery case involving Saudi Arabia and an Airbus subsidiary comes before a UK court, threatening a much more recent Airbus deal masterminded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Both economics and politics point to Riyadh’s looking to keep OPEC+ to its July 2021 agreement for as long as possible.
Joe Biden’s July visit to Saudi Arabia is a stark reminder that while diplomacy is a give and take, memories in the Middle East run painfully deep.