Despite extensive cooperation, tension is common in the triangle of relationships formed between Saudi donors, the Pakistani security establishment, and salafi or jihadi groups based in Pakistan.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
A discussion on what’s driving the spread of Sunni-Shi’a identity politics in today’s Middle East and how sectarianism is contributing to the region’s instability and conflicts.
As Riyadh’s rivalry with Tehran in the Levant turns to Lebanon, its increasing pressure on Hezbollah threatens to severely destabilize the country.
Saad Hariri's accommodating approach to Hezbollah fueled Saudi angst.
Under Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh has morphed into an independent force striking out aggressively at home and adventurously abroad, dragging Washington with them.
Nathan Brown discusses recent events in Saudi Arabia, and believes they may have a damaging effect.
In Saudi Arabia, a young prince with limited experience in governance is making an unprecedented bid for control. If he succeeds, the impact could very well change Saudi Arabia and its regional role for years to come.
The recent arrests of several Saudi political figures reinforce long-standing trends toward heightened centralization and more restive public discourse in the kingdom.
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.