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Redressing policies in the Middle East
Saudi Arabia’s dilemma: Normalize now or wait?
Though Saudi Arabia appears willing to normalize its relations with Israel, it must act cautiously. Riyadh is waiting to see which path President-elect Joe Biden will take once in the White House, but many assume his approach to the Middle East will differ from the Trump administration’s strategy. Nevertheless, it ...
Oil market outlook: Sailing in the dark
With forecasts for oil demand and supply highly discouraging, Saudi Arabia enforces strict production caps compliance among OPEC members, warns financial markets “speculators” against betting on falling prices and hints at the possibility of further output cuts. However, U.S. shale producers may interfere with the organization’s strategy once again.
A new push for nuclear power in the Middle East
The start-up of a new reactor in the United Arab Emirates has again trained the spotlight on nuclear capabilities in the Middle East. Outside of Iran’s controversial program, Saudi Arabia’s budding nuclear ambitions could prove the most destabilizing in the region. As its technology advances, Riyadh will soon have to ...
Saudi Arabia’s key role in the Middle East
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has upset the Middle East’s geopolitical balance in two dimensions: the three-sided rivalry between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and the conflict between the Muslim Brotherhood and stable monarchies in the region. For the Saudis, the crisis poses an unexpected opportunity to improve governance. For the ...