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  • The New Saudi Initiative of ‘Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden’

    Facing huge political and security challenges in the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia now looks westward to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden coast for a new regional security arrangement.

    January 15, 2019

    The Jamal Khashoggi Affair

    Riyadh committed a crime and blunder; its communication strategy, so far, has been an unmitigated disaster. MbS is facing a challenge, to put it mildly.

    October 23, 2018

    The Saudi Aramco IPO and Crown Prince Salman’s Ambitions

    Crown Prince Salman has been using oil as a tool to further his political ambitions both domestically and internationally, and Saudi Aramco acts as a nucleus around which his ambitions revolve.

    November 16, 2017

    Is the GCC Crisis De-escalating?

    While the GCC crisis seems to be de-escalating, there is no end in sight as yet.

    July 26, 2017

    Will the GCC Survive?

    It is unrealistic and naïve to expect Qatar to surrender. And it is not beyond diplomacy to work out a face-saving formula

    June 27, 2017

    Challenges for the New Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

    The real test for Bin-Salman would be to manage the three-pronged challenge of keeping royal unity intact, expediting economic reforms and ensuring regional stability.

    June 23, 2017

    Qatar Crisis Sharpens Regional Faultlines

    The decision to target Qatar clearly indicates that the region is now divided into two camps and that the Arab Gulf countries are in no mood to accept neutral players.

    June 08, 2017

    Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Conundrum: No End in Sight

    Riyadh’s military intervention has neither forced the Houthis to the negotiating table nor has it restored the Hadi government in Sa’naa.

    November 09, 2016

    Saudi-Israeli Rendezvous: Does it indicate a Policy Change?

    Saudi-Israeli Rendezvous: Does it indicate a Policy Change?

    It is early days to speculate on the likely outcome and possible trajectory in Saudi-Israeli engagement, but Eshki’s visit has so far been the clearest indication of Saudi willingness to engage with the Jewish state.

    July 29, 2016

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    The Iran-Saudi Confrontation: Who will win in the end?

    Unless addressed, the escalation of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia can have serious adverse consequences for regional stability and peace and also for ongoing efforts to bring to an end the war in Yemen and the wars in Syria.

    January 06, 2016

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