U.S.-SAUDI RELATIONS

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Travel to Saudi Arabia October 20th for Saudi-Iraq Meet

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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Future Investment Initiative

On the cusp of a new era, Saudi Arabia courts the world

At a three-day event in Riyadh dubbed the Future Investment Initiative (FII), the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will host the top echelons ...

 

Women's Rights

Saudi Women’s Online Activism: One Year of the “I Am My Own Guardian” Campaign

The dynamics and developments of the “I Am My Own Guardian” campaign are a testimony to the new energy in women’s activism in the kingdom, ...

 

Saudi Aramco IPO

Saudi Aramco IPO: Saudi Arabia may detail at Future Investment Summit

Many believe Riyadh won't completely desert the idea of an international IPO given its significance to the nation's economic transformation program, known as Vision 2030. ...

 

Qatar Dispute

Tillerson Faults Saudi-Led Bloc for Failing to End Qatar Crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has little hope that a Saudi Arabia-led bloc’s standoff with Qatar will end anytime soon, blaming the four countries lined ...

 

U.S. Foreign Policy

US Secretary of State to tour Saudi Arabia and Qatar

In his first trip to the Middle East since July, which includes a stop in Doha, Mr Tillerson will meet leaders from both sides of ...

 

Saudi-Iraq

Tillerson to Attend First Meeting Between Saudi Arabia, Iraq

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to the Middle East on Friday, attending a landmark meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and ...

 

Saudi Foreign Policy

Commentary: Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?

In the past, Saudi Arabia depended upon its enormous oil wealth and the United States for its security. It used the former to buy friends ...

 

Ali Abdullah Saleh

Why did Saudi Arabia save Yemen’s ex-president again?

A Russian medical team flew into Sanaa on Oct. 11 with the approval of the Saudis, who control Yemeni airspace. The Russian surgeons then performed a life-saving procedure ...

 

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company

Saudi wealth fund PIF launches real estate refinancing company

Raising the real estate market’s contribution to the economy and growing the rate of home ownership among Saudis to 52 percent by the end ...

 

Princess Reema bint Bandar

Into the gym: first Saudi female head of sports should get women exercising

Saudi Arabia's appointment of its first female head of sports should attract more women into gyms and on to sports pitches in a nation where ...

 

Saudi Football

Manchester United agree strategic partnership in Saudi Arabia

Manchester United have signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia to help develop football industry in the country. ...

 

University Rankings

3 Saudi universities receive top positions in QS rankings

The three universities which received five-star plus rankings include King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh and King ...

 

Islamic Development Bank

Saudi Arabia’s IDB plans blockchain-based financial inclusion product

The research arm of the Islamic Development Bank plans to use blockchain technology to develop sharia-compliant products, aiming to support financial inclusion efforts across ...

 

Saudi-Syria

Saudi minister visits north Syria for Raqqa talks

Saudi Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan visited the area with Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, and met the ...

 

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Iraq-Kurds

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had ...

 

Syria

After Raqqa, the U.S. sees Russia, Assad looming over remaining Syrian battlefield

Rapid advances by Russian- and Iranian-backed government forces in eastern Syria are thwarting the U.S. military’s hopes of pressing deeper into Islamic State territory after ...

 

Iran in the Region

Iraq’s Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started

The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad. ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

How the Islamic State Will Grapple With Defeat in Raqqa

Although Obama administration policies deserve much of the credit, the U.S. allies’ conquest of Raqqa marks the end of the Islamic State’s quasi-state status, a ...

 

Anti-ISIS Campaign

U.S.-backed forces in Syria holding foreign Islamic State leaders

U.S.-backed militias in Syria have detained senior foreign Islamic State leaders in months of fighting for Raqqa, but it is not yet clear if they ...

 

Taliban Hostages

CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan

Pompeo’s remarks appeared to be the first time a U.S. official has publicly stated that the couple and their children spent their captivity in Pakistan, ...

 

Afghanistan

A new Taliban tactic is racking up a huge body count in Afghanistan

According to The Times, driving captured vehicles into police and military bases and blowing them up has become one of the Taliban's most recent and ...

 

Jordan

Why Jordan is Deporting Syrian Refugees

For decades, Jordan has taken in millions of Palestinian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, earning it a reputation as an island of peace. Amman, its capital, ...

 

Shari'ah Compliant Insurance

First Shari’ah-compliant warranty & indemnity insurance policy issued in London

AIG UK has announced that it has underwritten the first Shari'ah-compliant Warranty and Indemnity (W&I) Insurance Policy issued in the London M&A insurance market. Brokers, ...

 

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