Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?
Last year could hardly be described as the best period in bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, since the interests of these two nations have shifted dramatically over the years. Today, Washington and Riyadh occupy different positions on such important topics as Syria, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt, the so-called “democratization” of the Middle […]
Saudi Arabia on the Cusp of Fundamental Changes
The new year of 2017 does not look very promising for either the Saudi Arabia or its King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the last surviving son of the first Saudi King Ibn Saud. In future, once Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is gone, the Kingdom will be inherited by the younger generation of the […]
The Future of US-Saudi Relations
There’s no easy way to describe US-Saudi bilateral relations. In the past, Riyadh used its relations with the US to push forward its regional and global agenda. In return, the House of Saud proved to be fairly beneficial to US special interests, providing the American economy with cheap oil since the 1940s. In addition, Saudi […]
Saudi Arabia and Future Plans of Donald Trump
Using the opulent Arabic language, one can say, “A dense fog of uncertainty has covered the entire Middle East after the election of Donald Trump as the new President of the United States.” Some time has passed, and this fog has slightly cleared away, with the uncertainty giving way to timid assumptions, reflections, and comments. […]
Will Trump Dump The Wahabbi Autocrats?
US leaders almost always justify their foreign policy with words about “democracy” and “human rights.” Especially when talking about the Middle East, the insincerity of such words are blatantly obvious. While US leaders criticize Iran and Syria for alleged human rights violations, the entire world can see that the US allies in the region are […]
Yemen and YET another “False Flag” to Protect Saudi and US Interests in the Middle East
In Seth Ferris’ NEO article on Yemen back in April it was suggested that the only reason the US suddenly withdrew from Yemen, after staying there through thick and thin, was because the US had only taken over the country to supply arms to terrorists. Now it is back – its warships are patrolling the […]
Is Saudi Arabia Heading Toward Economic Crisis?
A two-year nosedive of the global oil prices has taken a toll on the majority of commodity-dependent countries pushing them into a deep recession. For the record, as the US had ended its quantitative easing program and started stepping up the production of shale oil, and as the outlook for the emerging markets had been […]
GCC States: Reforms and Stability
The last 10-15 years have been characterized by a successful development of the economies of the Gulf States, which have consistently been included in the Top-35 wealthiest nations in terms of the standard of living of their citizens. The income per capita in Qatar (the richest country in the world) has reached 105 thousand US […]
Saudi Arabia and the US: Minor Discord in the “Family”
It finally happened! According to Bloomberg, Stephanie Ross DeSimone, a US Citizen, has sued the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that led to the death of her husband. As reported, her husband served in the US Navy and was killed in the crash of one of the planes […]
Saudi Arabia in Search of a Future King
A struggle for the post of the future King is apparently unfolding in Saudi Arabia. Due to his old age and many diseases, the acting King, as they say, “reigns but does not rule”. However, most of his functions, especially in foreign affairs, are performed by his son. According to the official hierarchy, he is […]
Has JASTA Become the Deal Breaker in Saudi-US Relations?
The unanimous adoption of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) by the US House of Representatives on September 9 resulted in a massive diplomatic row between the US and Saudi Arabia. For sure, this latest episode is not the first one in the history of the troubled relations of the two states that seem to […]
Will Saudi Arabia be Sued for 9/11 Attacks?
Last may, the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in the terrorist plot, however it was immediately announced that Barack Obama may veto this law. Saudi authorities have repeatedly denied any involvement in the 9/11 attacks, yet American […]