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Saudi prince: not quite a game changer?

Posted in Moyen-Orient by odalage on 31 janvier 2017

Prince Salman’s accession to the throne after the death of Saudi King Abdullah on 23 January 2015 has been a game changer, both domestically and in West Asian politics. Within days, he sidelined rivals within the House of Saud, and took on Iran with a confrontational policy. But two years later, the results of his new strategy disappoint.

 

By Olivier Da Lage

Read the full text on Gateway House’s website

Coalition of the unwilling

Posted in Moyen-Orient by odalage on 24 décembre 2015

On 14 December, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of an anti-terrorism coalition of 34 Islamic countries. But with key potential partners such as Algeria, Lebanon, and Pakistan refusing to join, the hastily-assembled group has put Saudi credibility in the spotlight instead of deflecting western criticism of the kingdom’s inaction against Sunni jihadism.

By Olivier Da Lage

Read the full text on Gateway House’s website.

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