A Perceptible De-escalation in The Gulf

A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words.  On the face of it, the recent photo of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman hosting the emir of Qatar and the national security adviser of the UAE at a Red Sea resort is unremarkable. It appears to show three youthful, physically fit leaders enjoying […]
Saudi Arabia After 9/11

Saudi Arabia Two Decades After 9/11

With Afghanistan back in the hands of the Taliban as we approach the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it would be easy to conclude that the Middle East has not changed very much since that fateful day. But while much of the region continues to be convulsed by violence and extremism, the Kingdom, which […]
Afghanistan Collapse

In Defense of Monarchies Post the Afghanistan Collapse

With the Afghanistan collapse, the time has come to revisit an ongoing obsession among Western politicians and pundits: the promotion of democracy in the Arab and Muslim world.  The fundamental flaw in Western thinking has always been the assumption that democracy is some sort of a plug-and-play program that can be rapidly and successfully activated […]