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    Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the Elephant in the Room

Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the Elephant in the Room

by Madawi Al-Rasheed
This article is part of a 4-part series assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy under King Salman and his son. 

Muhammad ibn Salman is currently struggling to establish Saudi Arabia as a serious regional power on a par with Turkey, Iran and Israel. Each are currently flexing their muscles in a bid to emerge as the […]

September 20th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|

Salman’s Son and Europe: Secondary Partnerships

by Madawi Al-Rasheed
This article is part of a 4-part series assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy under King Salman and his son. 

Having secured the support, even if fleeting, of Donald Trump, does Muhammad ibn Salman have the time or inclination to seek further partnerships with European countries beyond the historical alliances that have more recently become rooted […]

September 20th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|
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    Muhammad ibn Salman and Trump: A Successful Momentary Symbiosis

Muhammad ibn Salman and Trump: A Successful Momentary Symbiosis

by Madawi Al- Rasheed
This article is part of a 4-part series assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy under King Salman and his son. 

Muhammad ibn Salman visited Washington several times with a view to making himself known in Washington and promoting himself at the expense of his cousin Muhammad ibn Nayef, who had already maintained close contacts with the […]

September 19th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|

Salman’s Coups

by Madawi Al-Rasheed
This article is part of a 4-part series assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy under King Salman and his son. 

On 23 January 2015, the old King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al-Saud (b. 1924) passed away. Within hours his half-brother Crown Prince Salman (b. 1935) became king and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin (b. 1945) was […]

September 18th, 2017|Analysis & Opinion, GCC|0 Comments|

King Salman and His Son: Winning the US, Losing the Rest

by Madawi Al-Rasheed

With the appointment of Muhammad ibn Salman as crown prince in June 2017, Saudi foreign policy has become the subject of fevered speculation. Although at the time of writing King Salman is still in office, we can assume that his son Muhammad had been the de facto orchestrator of Saudi foreign policy even before he was confirmed […]

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