The Mecca Summits: Is Something Going On?

June 01, 2019

For three days starting May 30, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz hosts Arab and Muslim leaders of countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference. The gathering was ostensibly called to address the region’s many issues, inter alia,...

The World This Week: Saudi Arabia Bullies Qatar and Threatens Freedom

June 25, 2017

The Saudis and their allies present 13 unreasonable and non-actionable demands to Qatar, including shutting down Al Jazeera. This week, cyber-attacks occurred on the British Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II wore a hat suspiciously similar to the European Union flag, and Prime Minister Theresa...

The Rise of Mohammed bin Salman

June 22, 2017

In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has his work cut out for him. King Salman’s appointment of his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as crown prince at the expense of his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, could prove to be a mixed blessing for a country in transition that faces significant...