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,...

Saudi Purge Is Just the Start

November 07, 2017

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is popular with young Saudis, but is he playing with fire? Saudi Arabia is in the news. Between November 4 and 5, a series of events shook the nation. First, a ballistic missile launched from war-torn Yemen nearly reached the Saudi capital, Riyadh, before being...

Saudi Arabia Finally Allows Women to Drive

September 27, 2017

Following a decree by King Salman, women in Saudi Arabia can finally get a driving license. Saudi Arabia’s long-awaited lifting of a ban on women driving will likely serve as a litmus test for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ability to introduce economic and social reforms despite...

Should India Prioritize its Relations With Saudi Arabia?

February 23, 2015

With a new king on the Saudi throne, India must engage with Riyadh as soon as possible. Saudi Arabia intruded on India in the most unexpected of ways: by provoking US President Barack Obama to cut short his visit to India and instead visit Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah...

Death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah: A Succession Story

January 24, 2015

What next for Saudi Arabia and King Salman? The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will change little in the kingdom and its relations with the West. The monarch had been ailing and reclusive for some years, and his anointed successor (and brother), Salman, had been handling the...