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…

Aden and the STC: 3 Views

Saudi forces on patrol in Aden, 2015. Ahmed Farwan Three recent op-eds in three separate Saudi papers (Okaz, Al-Sharq al-Aawsat, Al-Jazirah) on recent developments in Aden. Events in Aden – why now? Perhaps the events in Aden were linked to the reports of behind-the-scenes efforts underway to reach international understandings aimed at reigning in some … Continue reading Aden and the STC: 3 Views

UAE/Yemen in Saudi Papers (July 8-Aug. 8)

Still playing around with this blog - for now, I'll just be posting collections of articles on specific topics. Saudi soldier from the First Brigade Airborne near to Emirates soldier (saudi88hawk, Wikimedia) It has been about a month since Emirati officials confirmed the UAE’s “drawdown” from war in Yemen, following initial reports by Reuters based … Continue reading UAE/Yemen in Saudi Papers (July 8-Aug. 8)

KSA Papers: 6.22-6.29, 2019

Iranian Air Forces renew their pledge of allegiance with Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. 2017, khamenei.ir UN Report on the Death of Jamal Khashoggi "What is always happens is that the hostile media has its material ready and its agenda set, as in the case of the report of the UN Rapporteur on Wednesday. The … Continue reading KSA Papers: 6.22-6.29, 2019