The Saudi-Russian recent rapprochement is definitely not a coincidence and the decision to reset those relations had been made three years ago. It all started with King Salman taking power in Saudi Arabia in January of 2015. The newly assigned, aged and experienced King has been known for his reformist vision and thought. Therefore the world has sensed a new Saudi strategy in the past three years, whether in local, regional or global affairs....
- 06.11.2017 20:38:25
... terrorism – it is the USA that the primary antagonist pursuing elective wars not authorized by the Congress,  and sponsoring terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this particular one in partnership with Israel and Saudi Arabia.  A central reason why the USA does not have a Grand Strategy is to be found in the combination of Griftopia (the merger of political crime and financial crime in what is commonly called the Deep State),  and the dominance of one ...
- 16.10.2017 17:07:59
Sputnik Opinion Piece published on May 22, 2017 For someone who vowed to “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism” from the face of the earth on inauguration day, Flipper-in-Chief Donald J. Trump’s first trip abroad as US president was to Saudi Arabia where, he peddled arms worth $350 billion over a decade. Trump effectively blessed Saudi Arabia as a pillar of moderate Islam as part of his “Muslim reset”. One Arab writer even hailed Saudi-US ties as one that “shaped the wider world” ...
- 24.05.2017 11:29:23
... Communist takeover in 1949 United States had refused to acknowledge the new government openly demonstrating the sympathy for the Taiwan exiles.Donald Trump and Henry Kissinger met on 10th of May. Less than a fortnight later President Trump left for Saudi Arabia seeking to restore relations with America’s chief Muslim ally which were seriously damaged by the controversial immigration ban affected citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries. In the highly anticipated speech Trump praised ...
- 22.05.2017 19:36:01
... States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach,"
Alliance of GCC and Israel
It is not just the US policy which India has to contend with it is the alliance between GCC countries and Israel. While Saudi Arabia has remained at loggerheads with Israel, recently both are part of the Anti-Iran alliance. Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia along with its GCC partners countries demanded at the Munich Security Conference, that Tehran is punished for propping ...
- 02.05.2017 14:22:56
Within three days of a bizarre chemical gas poisoning incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, the United States ratcheted up its global judge, jury and executioner role by firing a salvo of Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase that was used to combat Daesh terrorists. No due process or investigation was sought; not even a declaration of war that can only be sanctioned by Congress – something President Donald J. Trump had reminded his predecessor Barack Obama over the latter’s policy of unilateral military...
- 12.04.2017 16:27:48
... The Wahhabi and his ilk stand in the way of a reinvigorated US global outreach. The obscurantists need to go. Redacted portions of the official 9/11 report must be released to implicate the Saudis; legislation allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia must be allowed to gain momentum; and former ally Pakistan needs to be declared as a terrorist state. Obstacles and presidential vetoes notwithstanding!
The Economics of Betrayal
US taxpayers can no longer support Gulf Arab security or ...
- 27.09.2016 07:55:00
... key driver for enhancing overall trade between Russia and the GCC countries. For instance, Russia’s trade volume with Kuwait has grown 8.3 times this year and surpassed $400mln, while barley was a major export item that facilitated the growth. Saudi Arabia is also one of the largest global importers of Russian grain and barley that experiences a constantly growing demand for agricultural products and, henceforth, could follow the Kuwait’s path.
Dmitriy Frolovskiy is a Moscow-based writer....
- 01.09.2016 16:38:00
... signed a joint-venture with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), major engine behind Russia’s maturing interest towards foreign investments, totaling $2bn. In addition, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is planning to invest up to $2bn and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), reportedly, up to $10bn.
Most of the Arab investments were flocking to Russia through RDIF. According, to Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, the fund counts investments in more than 20 holdings and its portfolio ...
- 22.05.2016 13:05:00
Saudi Arabia relations with the United States are facing one of the worst crises in their 70-year history. The United States’ decision to opt out from supporting Riyadh in Yemen, Syria and now Lebanon has left the Kingdom alone and without protection ...
- 16.03.2016 11:48:00
... clear-cut even from the beginning. Understandably, all the regional powers were keeping a close look on the events even before the first shots had been fired. That was almost a given when considering the strategic position of Yemen at the border with Saudi Arabia and the Bab-el-Mandeb strait, a crucial passage for the maritime oil trade through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Photo from: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/yemen4.htm
To continue to the more interesting angles,...
- 15.03.2016 13:01:00
... all nations of the Arabian Gulf. The new modus operandi would also have positive implications for the Kremlin’s soft power across the entire Sunni world that was negatively impacted by the Russian military operation in Syria.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the hardest country to enhance cooperation with. Both Moscow and Riyadh have clashing ambitions within the region and globally. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is showing off its military power with intensifying drills, it is still evident that ...
- 02.03.2016 21:37:00
... characteristics of crowdfunding schemes that change on a daily basis, much like markets that post profits and losses. Welcome to crowdfunding with the enemy. Here'show it works.
Reuters and CNN buzzed up a tenuous agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia to freeze oil output at current “maximum” production levels( no reduction in production). But this initiative can't move forward without the approval of Iran, who want to increase production and earn hard currency. What ...
- 16.02.2016 22:23:00
President Barack Obama, seeking to shape his legacy, said that COP 21 makes the United States, which did not ratify the earlier Kyoto Protocol, “the world leader in fighting climate change.”
But Obama will not be around to lead the COP 21 fight, which is not scheduled to start until 2020. By that time another U.S. president will be campaigning for reelection.
Adding drama to the conversation, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry calls climate change “an existential threat...a...
- 23.01.2016 03:25:00
... not initiated one single invasion since this regime took power. Yes, it has used terrorism and non-state militia actors to further its interests, but so has pretty much every Middle Eastern country (including American allies like Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia) as well as the United States in recent decades. Iran has also cooperated with the U.S. against the Talbian, al-Qaeda, and, most recently, against ISIS. And Iran’s foreign policy record has been less the unpredictable, dangerous type ...
- 29.05.2015 19:32:00
Iran, the United States and five other world powers have sealed a breakthrough framework agreement outlining limits on Iran's nuclear program, despite attempts by Israel and Saudi Arabia to thwart the deal. Saudi Arabia, who is considering as a main opposite force to deal with Shiite Iran, believes that the deal must ensure stability in the region. Moreover, the deal means that Iran will be able to strengthen its presence ...
- 25.05.2015 03:15:00
... interests on their national debt that the net loss from selling less product would be unbearable in the short run, even if it may yield better returns in the long term. Some others would instead benefit, but deliberately chose not do so, most notably Saudi Arabia. Countries belonging to this group may be employing this strategy to gain a competitive advantage over a broader time horizon. If you are interested in an in-depth analysis I refer you to my previous article A Chess Match for the Control ...
- 17.02.2015 14:11:00
... since WWI, what will America do now?
Going forward, here’s what we can expect:
1.) America will try very hard to distance itself from the Gulf.
It’s amazing that it’s taken us so long to realize how much our money going into Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states comes back to haunt us: though Joe Biden recently got in trouble for saying so, support for ISIS and other Islamic extremists and terrorists from very wealthy individuals motivated by the Saudi state-sponsored ...
- 19.01.2015 17:46:00
... into the excess of offer, which inevitably led the price to decline and eventually drop dramatically, since the onset of the crisis around June 2014.
One key aspect is that producing countries, and notably OPEC's highly influential member Saudi Arabia, refrained to cut their output, which has inevitably aggravated the situation.
There are currently two theories trying to make sense of the position of Saudi Arabia, that I will analyze in a moment. Both of them are reasonable, and non ...
- 30.12.2014 21:27:00
In what is being branded as an effort to provide palliative assistance to reduce hunger and boost democracy building living standards Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank and Ban Ki Moon, secretary general of the United Nations, have launched a plan that expands the strategically significant “Horn of Africa” to encompass 18 percent of the total continent.
Their recent trip to Addis Ababa and Mogadishu to buzz up the project was reported with optimism by major western media and...
- 17.11.2014 10:54:00