U.S. Military Footprint Growing in the Middle East

Two months after the inauguration of President Trump, indications are mounting that the United States military is deepening its involvement in a string of conflicts in the Middle East that lack clear endgames, the New York Times reports in a detailed look at U.S. escalation in region.

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U.S.-Saudi Relations

Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Advance Saudi Interests?

Although Trump is not even three months into his presidency, the new administration’s foreign policy has made Riyadh cautiously positive about Washington’s shifting approach to ...



A year after curbing its power, the Saudi religious police is deemed redundant by many

As Saudi Arabia marks the first anniversary of curbs placed on the religious police, people are taking to social media in an unprecedented way to ...


Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco formally appoints banks to advise on share sale

Saudi Aramco IPO-ARMO.SE has formally appointed JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and HSBC (HSBA.L) as international financial advisers for its initial public ...


Saudi Oil Policy

Saudi Arabia Will Not Break The OPEC Deal

The OPEC "Monthly Oil Market Report" publishes two separate figures. One, the production data directly provided by the member nations. Second, the data collated from ...



Saudi police kill 2 in raid on predominantly Shiite village

Saudi Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki described the two men on Wednesday as terrorists who were wanted by police. The ministry says their names ...


Saudi Schools

Saudi schools to go digital by 2020

Saudi Arabia is planning to drop all print books from schools and replace them with digital books by 2020. ...


Domestic Tourism

Domestic tourism across Saudi Arabia to rise 40% by 2020

Domestic tourism across Saudi Arabia is expected to rise 40% by 2020 as internal trips within the kingdom have continued to increase since 2015, a ...


U.S.-Saudi Relations

US State Department issues travel warning for Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning on Wednesday, cautioning all Americans visiting Saudi Arabia. ...


Visa Amnesty

Queueing, confusion as Saudi amnesty begins

Hundred of expats queued in Saudi passport offices yesterday on the first day of the kingdom’s three-month amnesty for visa violators. ...


ME Capital Markets

Mideast funds moving cash into bonds, favour Saudi equities

Middle East fund managers expect to increase their allocations to bonds over the next three months and favour Saudi Arabia over the United Arab Emirates among equity markets, ...


Yemen Civil War

After the Somali Massacre, Should We Sell More Arms to the Saudis?

Earlier this month, a dramatic event occurred in the war in Yemen that could even shock those numbed by the continued pace of civilian casualties. ...


Minister's Grade

Saudi teacher grades education minister’s letter, didn’t expect it to go viral

The last thing which Saudi Arabic teacher Abdulkhaleq Khodran al-Zahrani expected was for his innocent joke, in which he corrected and graded a letter by ...


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Tillerson in Turkey: 5 big issues to watch

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s talks on Thursday with Turkish leaders about defeating the Islamic State (IS) group are widely seen as a chance to ...


Arab League

Lebanese leaders send Arab League unprecedented letter critical of Hezbollah

Five former Lebanese leaders have sent an unprecedented letter to the Arab League warning over pro-Hezbollah stances in their country. ...



The Lure of Technology in the Gulf

The diversification effort away from oil and gas markets has increasingly focused on two priorities: first, to invigorate nascent private sector activity within Gulf states; ...



Ride-hailing firm Careem on lookout for acquisitions, IPO an option

Dubai-based ride-hailing company Careem is looking for acquisition opportunities and is considering an initial public offering as a possible option but has no timeframe in ...


Domestic Defense Industries

Arab Nations Push to Develop Their Own Defense Industries

Wealthy Gulf Arab states have a warning for Western suppliers of military equipment: If they want business, they have to transfer technical knowledge to local ...


ME Refugee Crisis

How the refugee crisis is transforming the Middle East

Episodes of forced migration are not new to the Middle East. The 1948 war that created the state of Israel generated one of the longest-lasting ...



Assessing the Putin-Rouhani Summit

The successful meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow on March 28 indicates that the two leaders have similar ...



Trump administration to allow Bahrain F-16 deal

The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed ...


Food Security

Innovation and Conservation Targets Food, Water Insecurity in Middle East

Three factors—demographic change, altered dietary habits and the continuation of government subsidies—drive food and water demand in the Middle East. ...



US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul

A senior U.S. general said on Wednesday it will be difficult to maintain "extraordinarily high standards" to avoid civilian casualties in Mosul, even as the ...


U.S. Military

U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight

The United States launched more airstrikes in Yemen this month than during all of last year. In Syria, it has airlifted local forces to front-line ...


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