Regional competition and the lack of a cooperation strategy with its neighbors are compounding Saudi Arabia’s inability to act as an oil price setter.
Sada contributors share their take on what the extraordinary election of Donald Trump could mean for a region in turmoil.
As relations sour with Saudi Arabia, Egypt is looking to Russia to fill the financial void.
As sanctions ease on Iran, it hopes to expand its petrochemical exports, putting it in direct competition with Saudi Arabia over emerging markets.
What Saudi Arabia has accomplished in Yemen remains unclear, and what it is likely to accomplish is still uncertain. Four experts weigh in on Riyadh’s goals in Yemen.
Recent changes to Saudi religious institutions are not a sign of wider reform but an indication of the struggle to redefine Saudi Arabia’s religious character.
President Hassan Rouhani’s mixed record heading into the last year of his current term may alienate supporters and create an opening for opponents to challenge him in the 2017 elections.
Saudi Arabia’s grand plan for economic reform might expand employment and transparency, but there would also be losers.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.
Sada launches its first eBook, a collection of essays that explores the region’s deep political changes since the Arab uprisings.
Saudi Arabia’s recent moves against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government could end up weakening its own allies and further destabilizing the Lebanese political arena.
Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen has boosted popular support for the Houthis and is fueling greater anti-Saudi sentiment.
Riyadh’s support for militants fighting the Houthis has greatly benefited al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is supporting an ever wider range of Yemeni actors willing to fight the Houthis, but their political ambitions and limited capabilities are at odds with the kingdom’s interest in a unified Yemen.
Amid domestic terror attacks, Saudi Arabia’s differentiated approach to Shia protesters and Sunni jihadis will likely lead to more home-grown violence.
Saudi Arabia’s focus on Iranian containment is pushing it to seek Egypt’s military help in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s lack of clear goals in Yemen is worsening the security vacuum and potentially undermining the kingdom’s national security.
Hamas’s pivot to Saudi Arabia may help Khaled Meshaal isolate the military wing and obtain a credible truce with Israel.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is likely to hamper Rouhani’s economic reform agenda.
Amid rising terror threats, meaningful security sector reform risks being delayed indefinitely.