In Saudi Arabia, a young prince with limited experience in governance is making an unprecedented bid for control. If he succeeds, the impact could very well change Saudi Arabia and its regional role for years to come.
The recent arrests of several Saudi political figures reinforce long-standing trends toward heightened centralization and more restive public discourse in the kingdom.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
The sweeping arrest of royals and officials in Saudi Arabia has removed many of the last checks and balances to executive power in the country.
What do the arrest of Saudi princes and the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister tell us about power plays in Riyadh?
Yezid Sayigh discusses the growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and its impact on Lebanon and Syria.
The arrests of key Saudi figures should be understood in the context of interaction between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s short window for domestic power consolidation and the kingdom’s unsettled regional position.
Frederic Wehrey discusses his new edited book on the factors behind sectarianism in the Middle East.
Iraqi Kurdistan, like Catalonia, must move on to peaceful negotiations over the modalities of equitable coexistence.
The Iran Deal may not be perfect but the decision by the Trump Administration weakens oversight mechanisms and causes rifts between America and its European allies.