Arrests in Saudi Arabia: Causes and Implications

Crown Prince Mohammed has been bold and ambitious, and this is another bold and ambitious step. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s most prominent Saudi investor, has gotten a great deal of attention, but the sweep included other billionaires, senior royals from other branches of the family, and technocrats who began guiding Saudi Arabia’s economic reform program under King Abdullah. Continue reading →

Saudi Arabia and Russia Negotiate From Opposite Sides of the Table

Saudi King Salman just made history as the first-ever Saudi king to visit Russia. Saudi Arabia and Russia aren’t on the friendliest of terms, but circumstances have aligned in such a way that each needs the other. Their differences aside, when it comes to energy and the economy, Russia’s and Saudi Arabia’s interests are overlapping more than ever. Continue reading →