Riyadh Agreement and Aramco IPO (11/4 to 11/11)

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)

Bridging the Gap(s)? (Updated 9/1)

UAE pilot, US-UAE joint exercises, 2012: Air Combat Command The anti-Houthi coalition has witnessed layers of recriminations over the past couple of weeks: the STC accusing the UN-recognized Hadi government as corrupt and incompetent, thereby justifying the STC’s takeover in the Souththe Hadi government accusing the STC and the UAE of acting in concert to … Continue reading Bridging the Gap(s)? (Updated 9/1)

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

MBS Interview: 6.15.2019

"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