The Saudi Royal Schmooze Tour

March 23, 2018

The Saudi crown prince is on a two-week tour across the US, and he needs honest and frank advice from the Trump administration. Former US Ambassador Gary Grappo explains. Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka MBS) began his nearly two-week swing through the US on March 20 with a...

How Far Will Crown Prince Mohammed Go?

March 21, 2018

Prince Mohammed’s social reforms and promised economic change in Saudi Arabia provide him significant arrows in his multimillion-dollar PR blitz. In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Crown...

Churchill Sets an Example for Today’s Western Leaders

March 12, 2018

Theresa May’s fig leaf approach to standing by basic democratic principles is the latest incident in a long-standing Western willingness to pay a heavy price for sleeping with the devil. To understand that the Western emphasis on human rights is at best a fig leaf to do business with...

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...

Saudi Arabia: Diversification Remains Elusive as Economic Crisis Persists

August 19, 2016

Structural imbalances within the Saudi economy mean the country’s new strategy is only likely to partially achieve its aims.   The announcement of the new diversification strategy comes amid growing evidence of the severity of the economic crisis affecting Saudi Arabia. Official data from...