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Royals and Rebels: Contextualising Saudi Aggression

What do we make of the historical irony that undergirds the state-building project of the Saudi state, imbricated as it is in the antinomies of the modern nation, a medieval political theology, and a surfeit of petrodollars? It is through painting an image of the Saudi state, its past, as much as its most recent …

Omar Ghannam

Soccer highlights domestic drivers in Saudi-Iranian dispute

Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the domestic drivers of mounting tension that threaten to deepen and complicate the sectarian and the multiple other regional conflicts, have taken their fierce tit-for-tat battle from the realm of traditional diplomacy to the world of public spectacle. The past few days have seen a dizzying sequence of events that …

James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile political geography of oil and minorities

The fact that dissatisfied minorities populate the oil-rich regions of Iran and Saudi Arabia creates an ironic parallel, in which in the rivalry between two of the Middle East’s larger powers often amounts to the pot calling the kettle black. Rather than recognising that protests and mounting incidents of violence are the result of government failure to address legitimate grievances, both Iran and Saudi Arabia have blamed each other for the unrest in their strategic backyards

James Dorsey

Saudi FM lashes out at Iran amid rising tensions after nuclear deal

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has criticized Iran for making "aggressive statements." The foreign minister's statement comes amid growing tension between both regional powers following a nuclear deal. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran on Monday following talks with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. "This does not represent the intentions of…

Deutsche Welle

Shelling and gunfire reported in Yemen, despite truce

Violence has rumbled on in Yemen, even after a Saudi-announced "humanitarian" truce came into effect. Airstrikes by the Riyadh-led coalition appear to have stopped, but the rebels appeared unimpressed. Even before the truce deadline passed at 11.59 p.m. local time (1059 UTC) on Sunday, it had already been unclear to what extent it would be observed by either side. While…

Deutsche Welle