Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. Biden Aims to Bite the Bullet and Fix Relations With the Saudis

Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word. Biden Aims to Bite the Bullet and Fix Relations With the Saudis

Biden needs to now show the Saudis that he was wrong and is sorry as he needs Riyadh more than ever before. The so-called strategy of Biden to put the Kingdom in line and to alienate MbS has been a disaster and massively backfired. Biden needs to now show the Saudis that he was wrong…

Biden Goes to the Middle East

Biden Goes to the Middle East

The White House has confirmed that President Joe Biden will travel to the Middle East in mid-July. He intends to visit Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia. The trip will be used to address outstanding bilateral and multilateral issues, including convincing the Saudis to pump more oil to bring down fuel prices. Among the…

Inside the Secret Meeting Between the Cia Director and Saudi Crown Prince

Inside the Secret Meeting Between the Cia Director and Saudi Crown Prince

In an unusual foray into diplomacy, William Burns pressed Mohammed bin Salman on oil production, prominent detainees, and the kingdom’s relationship with China Last month, as part of a regional tour, CIA Director William Burns quietly met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, a port city in western Saudi Arabia. The unusual meeting,…

MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

Imagine what would have happened if Donald Trump had secured a second term and Benjamin Netanyahu enough votes in the Knesset to form a government. Iran would have been bombed by now – Netanyahu was pressing for an attack even when it was clear Trump had lost – Saudi would have normalised relations with Israel,…

Is Peace Breaking Out in the Middle East? Should We Thank MBS?

Is Peace Breaking Out in the Middle East? Should We Thank MBS?

The Biden effect is shaking up the Middle East and forcing foes to talk to one another. But where it’s all heading is even more exciting for Saudi Arabia and Iran. Unimaginable reconciliations are taking place across the entire region, since Joe Biden was sworn into office and indicated that he wasn’t going to tolerate…