On September 26, in the latest development in the ongoing diplomatic row between Canada and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi foreign minister, Adel Al-Juebir, asked that Canada stop treating his country “like a banana republic.” Al-Juebir repeated demands that the Government of Canada apologize for its August 2018 Tweets which called for the release of a Read More…
Oil Cartel Kingdom: Saudi Arabia Plans to take State Oil Company Public
Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in public listing its state owned oil company Aramco. The value is set at $2 trillion, but why now? Marko Gombac explains how the world oil market and its realities are forcing the cartel king’s hand
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: Double Barrel Politics in the Middle East
Portrait of Nimr Baqr al-Nimr an independent Shia cleric in al-Awamiyah, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia by Abbas Goudarzi, Wikipedia Commons. On January 2, 2016, the Saudi government executed Nimr Al-Nimr, a prominent Shi’a Saudi cleric, who spent much of his adult life speaking for his marginalized community. Al-Nimr’s sermons and speeches came to symbolize the Read More…
The 2015 Hajj and its Aftermath
Eric looks at the consequences of the deadly 2015 Hajj stampede
An Empty Agreement? The Tale of Preventing a (Maybe) Nuclear Iran.
Will the Iran Nuclear Deal make the world a safer place? Or is it a weak agreement with strong geopolitical backlash? Our Editors weigh in.
Saudi Arabia Looks North
In the midst of regional turmoil Saudi Arabia explores a new relationship with an unlikely ally, Russia; Hasan Siddiqui explains
Turning A Blind Eye to Human Rights? America’s Strategic Partnership With Bahrain
Kevin Hempstead analyzes the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Bahrain and why Human rights abuses in Bahrain are often swept under the rug.
The Ultimate Global Leaders’ Superlative Quiz
The world is your high school and its leaders, your classmates. It’s time to choose your Class Superlatives with this fun quiz. Judge away!
Talks Extended: Future of the Nuclear Deal
Usman Javed discusses the future of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Saudi Arabia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Evan Blackwell looks at the challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s leaders as they attempt to counter ISIS’ plans for unleashing sectarian war in that country.