The New Yorker - 9 Apr 2018
This well-informed article is a long (20min+) but necessary read to understand the intricacies of KSA and get a better sense of whether Mohammed bin Salman is trying to drive out religious extremism, or merely seizing power for himself. Maybe both? The conclusion in the words of a former US official: “No one would have thought that the Saudi leader could take on the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the country’s most powerful businessmen, but he did (…) M.B.S. has always had a combination of vision, hubris, and arrogance, all of which are now playing out. What troubles me about M.B.S. is, he learns from his successes, but not his failures. That’s the danger.”
Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2018
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 21 Nov 2017
The think-tanker / journalist argues that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s new assertiveness and bold moves, Saudi Arabia doesn’t stand a chance of turning the tide against Iranian interests across the Middle East. In every case (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen), the advantage is with the Iranians (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 24 November 2017
The New Yorker - 6 Nov 2017
Prince Salman’s purge has sent shockwaves of concern about Saudi’s stability. Among the thousands of articles written about its significance, this one stands out. For those unfamiliar with the Middle East and Saudi policy, it does a good job at explaining what Prince Salman’s crackdown means and how it might affect the Kingdom’s stability. To sum up: “the kingdom is entering into unchartered waters with unknown consequences” (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 11 November 2017