" Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick, US Army Central deputy commanding and Gen. Dhafer bin Ali Al-Shehri, Royal Saudi Land Forces northwest area commander, attend the Earnest Leader 17 closing ceremony held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on August 10, 2017. " U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Mark Hanson Pensacola Shooting After a … Continue reading Aramco, Pensacola, Etc.
"How do we attack Saudi Arabia?" - Fahad al-Khamisi, Al-Eqtisadiah, 11.19.2019 Iran Iran has been a consistent topic of discussion in recent weeks, owing to the framing of uprisings in Lebanon and Iraq as anti-Iranian revolts, protests within Iran itself, and lengthy investigations involving leaked documents that ran in the NYT and the Intercept this … Continue reading Iran, Aramco, and Other Things
Riyadh Agreement One of the top stories for local media and commentary was the signing of the Riyadh Agreement, which "ended a three-month standoff that threatened to split the anti-Huthi bloc." (Peter Salisbury, ICG). A wide range of commentary presented this is a major diplomatic triumph for the Kingdom: Yemen could have been tossed into … Continue reading Riyadh Agreement and Aramco IPO (11/4 to 11/11)
There has been a lot of back-and-forth in the Saudi press about what’s happening with respect to Abqaiq and Iran, although coverage has understandably focused more on Aramco claims of swiftly restoring production than concerns that it will take considerable time to fully repair the severe damage to facilities. This in turn has led some … Continue reading Attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, Continued
Kurais oil facility, one of two sites hit by attacks last weekend, in 2017 (Source: Planet Labs, Inc.) Given the demands of other work I don't have time to cover the Saudi media scene at present in depth - suffice to say that coverage of the (almost certainly but not conclusively Iranian-backed) attacks on oil … Continue reading The Eye of the Storm – Abqaiq and Khurais
Yasir bin Othman Al-Rumayyan, Chairman of Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco & Governor of the Public Investment Fund. (Source: Public Investment Fund) أرامكو تقترح العرض العامّ الأولي بمرحلتين وقال هؤلاء الأشخاص إن شركة أرامكو تميل نحو طوكيو كمكان للمرحلة الثانية من خطتها المقترحة للعرض العامّ الأولي، حيث تقلل التطورات السياسية في المملكة المتحدة والصين من … Continue reading العرض العامّ الأولي لأرامكو – مكان العرض وإدارة الشركة
"Mohammed bin Salman to «Al-Sharq al-Awsat»: Iran's recent attacks require a firm stance from the international community," interview with Ghassan Cherbal, Al-Sharq al-Awsat, 6.15.2019 Unofficial translation, some sections rearranged for thematic reasons.[Update: official translation available here: https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1769696/mohammed-bin-salman-asharq-al-awsat-we-don%E2%80%99t-want-war-we-won%E2%80%99t-hesitate-dealing ] Major sections: IranJamal KhashoggiYemenPIFAramco IPO Iran The region has recently witnessed serious disturbances that threaten the security … Continue reading MBS Interview: 6.15.2019