Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant?

A summit that brought together Turkey, Qatar, and Malaysia, a last-minute invitation for Iran, and a threat from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Pakistan and Indonesia warning them not to attend. Why was the Kuala Lumpur Summit significant enough to warrant such a series of diplomatic manoeuvres? Put simply, the summit was a challenge to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, …

Saudi Arabia is prepared to reconcile with Qatar. The UAE is not.

In November 2019, Qatar’s foreign minister made a secret visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the prospect of reconciliation. The visit followed a rumoured meeting of Saudi and Qatari officials on the fringes of the UN General Assembly which caused enough anxiety in Qatar’s ally Turkey that President Erdogan made a visit to Doha seeking an explanation. Saudi Arabia reciprocated …

Why Bin Salman cannot abandon his alliance with UAE

Given events in Yemen and the UAE’s clear undermining of Saudi Arabia’s fundamental ally (the internationally recognised government under Hadi), one would assume that Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman is having deep reconsiderations over his relationship with Abu Dhabi and Mohamed Bin Zayed. In August, the King himself Salman Bin AbdulAziz reportedly openly expressed irritation with the UAE in …

Saudi foreign policy is anything but mad

Mohamed Bin Salman has made a splash since he was handed the reins of control from his father King Salman. The kingdom has since entered into a war with the Houthis in Yemen, engaged heavily as a partner in constructing the ‘Deal of the Century’, announced ambitious reforms in NEOM and Vision 2030, imprisoned a whole swathe of influential social …

Khashoggi, the Crown Prince and Erdogan

Mohamed Bin Salman has overstepped the mark and it was coming. With each passing day, the perception of Saudi Arabia grows bleaker, and more so for Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. More and more evidence points to MBS being the man behind the so called Saudi hit squad involved in the death of respected journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi …