The recent arrests of several Saudi political figures reinforce long-standing trends toward heightened centralization and more restive public discourse in the kingdom.
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The sweeping arrest of royals and officials in Saudi Arabia has removed many of the last checks and balances to executive power in the country.
What do the arrest of Saudi princes and the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister tell us about power plays in Riyadh?
Yezid Sayigh discusses the growing tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and its impact on Lebanon and Syria.
Yahia H. Zoubir discusses the situation in the Sahel, where weak states and illegal trafficking prevail.
The arrests of key Saudi figures should be understood in the context of interaction between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s short window for domestic power consolidation and the kingdom’s unsettled regional position.
Frederic Wehrey discusses his new edited book on the factors behind sectarianism in the Middle East.
Iraqi Kurdistan, like Catalonia, must move on to peaceful negotiations over the modalities of equitable coexistence.
Zero-sum efforts to “roll back” Iranian influence in Iraq are likely to backfire, but a better approach exists for Washington.
The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.