Le Blog d'Olivier Da Lage

Family power politics in Riyadh

Posted in Moyen-Orient by odalage on 5 mai 2017

Dynasty has its own reasons and the 40 decrees that King Salman issued last month were designed to hand more power to the Salman branch of the House of Saud. Is a promotion in the offing for his son, the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman? What does this bode for the country’s foreign policy? President Trump’s first foreign visit will be to Saudi Arabia later this month.

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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

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Ramifications of Saudi Arabia’s mass execution

Posted in Inde, Moyen-Orient by odalage on 13 janvier 2016

By executing an influential Shia cleric among 47 other prisoners, Saudi Arabia has increased the possibility of prolonging conflict in West Asia. The country’s actions have stirred up its differences with Iran, thereby diminishing the possibility of finding political solutions to the civil wars in Syria and Yemen.

By Olivier Da Lage

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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

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