Saudi Royal Orders: MBS is crown prince

A series of Royal Orders issued on the morning of June 21 appointed King Salman’s influential son Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (MBS) Crown Prince. He hitherto held the position of Deputy Crown Prince – a recent innovation which is now likely to fall into abeyance. The details of the royal orders […]

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Will it be war? The Trump administration discovers the Middle East

Every four to eight years, the same perilous but necessary exercise comes round again: trying to establish a working idea of the incoming US administration’s foreign policy, and in particular of what it intends to do in the Middle East. Past experience should teach us caution: things that may appear clear on day one can […]

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