Daily Archive: September 16, 2017

“Unprecedented” Saudi Crackdown Targets Regime Loyalists as King Prepares to Abdicate

Are we seeing early signs of an “Arab Spring” coming to Saudi Arabia, or will the next king emerge stronger than ever? The kingdom is now in the midst of an unprecedented crackdown of both dissidents and even loyalists perceived as less than enthusiastic about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s consolidation of power as he prepares to ascend the throne of his...

Russia’s New Thinking Towards Armenia and Azerbaijan: An “Obstructionist” vs. An “Integrationalist”

While there are a host of differences between the two states, the one that Russia is beginning to care the most about nowadays is how Armenia is standing in the way of Moscow’s Great Power engagement with the “Ummah” while Azerbaijan is doing everything it can to facilitate it. Analyzing Armenian-Azerbaijani relations is a lot like talking about those between...