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
Project Syndicate - 13 Jun 2017
The author identifies four new problems for the coming decade: (1) the region will face intensifying contests over national identities and perhaps even the redrawing of borders; (2) the most populous states will confront a massive youth bulge; (3) the Gulf countries will import fewer workers from the rest of the Arab world, and export less capital to it; (4) the social role of religion is becoming increasingly contested (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017