Russia, Turkey, L. Paul Bremer III

President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, 2018. Source. Saudi-Russia Ties A fair bit of commentary in Okaz on the Kingdom diversifying its relationships by strengthening ties to Russia - to be updated as more comes in. Update [10/17/2019]: Key Themes of Commentary: The Kingdom pursues a flexible foreign policy that balances old … Continue reading Russia, Turkey, L. Paul Bremer III

CBS, MBS and Un-aired Excerpts

Secretary Pompeo Meets With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jan. 14, 2019Department of State Much of the domestic media/social media scene has been abuzz with anticipation of, and then coverage of, the Crown Prince’s appearance on CBS for an extended interview with Norah O’Donnell – Al-Watan provided a full run-down of topics raised in … Continue reading CBS, MBS and Un-aired Excerpts

Attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, Continued

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

The Eye of the Storm – Abqaiq and Khurais

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

A View to a Deal? [Updated]

President Donald Trump and Emir Sabah Al Sabah, sept. 2017 (Source: White House) In advance of a visit this Thursday by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah to the White House, more rumors than normal are circulating about a potential solution to the 2+ year standoff between Qatar and the “anti-terror” quartet of Saudi … Continue reading A View to a Deal? [Updated]

العرض العامّ الأولي لأرامكو – مكان العرض وإدارة الشركة

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

The UAE and its leadership are a red line, yet…

The latest flare-up of KSA-UAE tensions regarding Yemen appears to have come to something of a close with Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan, a major instigator behind a series of international Twitter spats over the weekend, opting to take a 10-day Twitter sabbatical. While it remains to be seen whether Dhahi Khalfan keeps to his … Continue reading The UAE and its leadership are a red line, yet…