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  • 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

    Modi’s visit to UAE: Strengthening India’s Gulf link

    Modi’s visit to UAE: Strengthening India’s Gulf link

    Modi’s visit to UAE needs to be seen in the larger context of strengthening ties and further widening the scope of India’s engagement with the Gulf region.

    August 24, 2015

    ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ and Changing Geopolitics in the Gulf

    ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ and Changing Geopolitics in the Gulf

    While both Saudi Arabia and Iran vie for power and influence, Yemenis continue to suffer and the country seems to be slipping into further instability.

    May 26, 2015

    Saudi Arabia: King Salman Faces the 21st Century

    Since assuming the throne on January 23, 2015 following the death of King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s new monarch, King Salman, seems to have set about the task of shaking up the ultraconservative kingdom. The punishment or pardoning of Raef Badawi became the litmus test of the new Saudi monarch’s reign as the blogger’s sentence coincided with the last days of the ailing King Abdullah and King Salman was compelled to face his personal past as promoter of Islamic fundamentalism abroad.

    May 2015

    The Kingdom and the Caliphate: Saudi Arabia’s Approach towards the Islamic State

    The Kingdom and the Caliphate: Saudi Arabia’s Approach towards the Islamic State

    Saudi Arabia has joined the war against the IS and it supports more boots on the ground to tackle this challenge. Although it is employing all the options available to it, the success of anti-IS operations depends to a significant extent on the ground situation in Syria and Iraq.

    February 02, 2015

    An Analysis of the US Sale of the Patriot Missile Defence System to Saudi Arabia

    An Analysis of the US Sale of the Patriot Missile Defence System to Saudi Arabia

    The PAC-3 missile defence deal is a win-win package for both the United States and Saudi Arabia in terms of both their bilateral relations and the enhancement of regional security.

    December 10, 2014

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