Writings by Topic: Saudi Arabia

Middle East Forum Blog
Title Publication Date
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act is Sham Legislation May 28, 2016
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Michael Mandelbaum on Biden's Middle East Policy Challenges Middle East Forum WebinarAugust 23, 2021
Simon Henderson on MbS of Saudi Arabia: A Six-Year Assessment Middle East Forum WebinarJune 28, 2021
Ahmed Alrefai on Growing Female Economic Participation in Saudi Arabia Middle East Forum WebinarApril 4, 2021
Ali Alyami on Qatar's Successful Defiance of Saudi Arabia Middle East Forum WebinarApril 1, 2021
Roman on the Arab Gulf States' Reaction to the Coronavirus Pandemic March 26, 2020
Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
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How Can Israel and the Gulf Increase Air Defense Cooperation? The Jerusalem PostJune 27, 2021
Saudi Arabia Takes a Step Forward, as Iran Moves Backwards The Toronto SunJune 23, 2021
Israel Should Provide Saudi Arabia with Iron Dome Batteries The Jerusalem PostMarch 22, 2021
Who Bombed the Saudi Oil Storage Yard at Ras Tanura? The Jerusalem PostMarch 11, 2021
Why Saudi Arabia, MBS Are Important to Israel, Regional Peace The Jerusalem PostMarch 10, 2021
Is the Saudi Gender Gap Narrowing? Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2021
Saudi Arabia: A Scapegoat for Human-Rights Abusers JNSOctober 28, 2020
Yes the Coronavirus Pandemic Could Come for the Gulf States Next The National InterestMarch 19, 2020
Saudi Arabia Moves to Quarantine Qatif Governorate over Coronavirus The Jerusalem PostMarch 8, 2020
As Trump Gives Up on 'Endless Wars,' Russia, China, and Iran Move In The Daily BeastFebruary 17, 2020
Diplomacy Alone Won't End the Iranian Threat National ReviewFebruary 12, 2020
Gulf States vs. Iran and Arab League on 'Deal of Century' The Jerusalem PostFebruary 3, 2020
The U.S. Needs Israel-Style Air Defense to Stop Iran The HillJanuary 30, 2020
Israeli Anti-Drone Technology Could Soon Be Guarding More International Airports The National InterestJanuary 28, 2020
An Opportunity Not to be Missed after Soleimani Assassination The Investigative JournalJanuary 26, 2020
Saudi Critics Should Revisit Sue Myrick's 'Wake Up America Agenda' The HillJanuary 16, 2020
Did The U.S. Kill An American Citizen After Taking Out ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi? The FederalistDecember 16, 2019
Khashoggi's Memory Abused to Whitewash Dictatorships The Jerusalem PostOctober 3, 2019
Iran's Goal: Turn Yemen into Saudi's Vietnam The Jerusalem PostOctober 2, 2019
Does Israel Have Secret Arab Allies? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 26, 2019
The Attack on Saudi Arabia Is the Crisis Iran Was Waiting For The National ReviewSeptember 17, 2019
Threat Assessment High: The Attack on Saudi Arabia The National InterestSeptember 16, 2019
U.S. Officials Building a Case against Iran after Massive Attack on Saudi The Jerusalem PostSeptember 16, 2019
Was Iran's Attack on Saudi Meant to Pressure Oil Markets? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2019
Saudi Arabia and Iran Careen toward Conflict The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2019
Brazen Drone Strikes Lead to Questions about Saudi Air Defense The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2019
Saudi Arabia Is Losing Yemen to Iran The Jerusalem PostSeptember 6, 2019
The Great Saudi-Iranian Proxy Game Middle East QuarterlyFall 2019
Outrageous Covers at a Saudi Book Fair Danielpipes.orgAugust 12, 2019
US Saudi Arabia Policy Needs a Dose of Realpolitik The HillJuly 20, 2019
Iranian-backed Militias in Iraq May Have Used Drones against Saudi The Jerusalem PostJune 30, 2019
Is Saudi Visit to Eastern Syria Prelude to Greater U.S., Saudi Role? The Jerusalem PostJune 17, 2019
Why Jordan Decided to Attend Bahrain Summit The Jerusalem PostJune 12, 2019
Understanding the Saudi-Iran 'Arms Race' The Jerusalem PostJune 10, 2019
Handshakes, Jerusalem and Iran: The Politics of the Saudi Summits The Jerusalem PostJune 1, 2019
What is Saudi Agenda for 'Emergence Summits' on Iran? The Jerusalem PostMay 23, 2019
UAE and Saudi Arabia Go Big on Investment in Post-Bashir Sudan The Jerusalem PostApril 22, 2019
The Antisemitic Tweets of Murdered Saudi Writer Jamal Khashoggi The Jerusalem PostApril 14, 2019
Cairo and Riyadh, Vying for Leadership Middle East QuarterlySpring 2019
Mecca and Medina, Sacred Sites or Development Engines? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2019
U.S. Islamists Cry Martyr The American SpectatorFebruary 7, 2019
How Twitter Saved Life of Saudi Rebel Who Rejected Islam Toronto SunJanuary 8, 2019
Turkey and Qatar: An Alliance Under the Saudi Sword Gatestone InstituteOctober 29, 2018
Leveraging Murder for Political Ambition: The Turkish and Qatari Way Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2018
To Atone for Khashoggi's Death, Saudi Arabia Should Stop Persecuting Dissidents The FederalistOctober 24, 2018
The Whitewashing of Jamal Khashoggi, Friend of Osama Bin Laden Jewish News SyndicateOctober 23, 2018
CAIR Calls for Inclusion, Except for Critics The AlgemeinerOctober 22, 2018
Reign of Terror in Saudi Arabia Toronto SunOctober 16, 2018
Good Riddance to Our Ties with Saudi Arabia Toronto SunAugust 7, 2018
Saudi Arabia and Canada: Why Is the Kingdom Losing Support in the West? Jerusalem PostAugust 6, 2018
Liberalism In The Middle East: An Irreversible Trend World Affairs JournalJune 6, 2018
What Will Middle East Studies Do without Alwaleed bin Talal? The Jerusalem PostMarch 21, 2018
What a Crown Prince Wants The New RepublicMarch 20, 2018
The Saudi Arabia-Middle East Studies Love Affair Is Over New English ReviewMarch 19, 2018
Erdogan's Unrequited Arab Love Gatestone InstituteMarch 18, 2018
"Un-Brotherly" Saudi-Emirati Ties Middle East QuarterlySpring 2018
The U.S. Must Rethink Its Yemen Policy The American SpectatorNovember 24, 2017
For Saudi Arabia, All Politics Is Local Stratfor WorldviewNovember 22, 2017
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East Foreign PolicyNovember 21, 2017
A New York IPO for Saudi Aramco Forces Americans to Collude with a Cartel CNBCNovember 17, 2017
Is Lebanon's Prime Minister a Saudi Hostage? World Affairs JournalNovember 13, 2017
Saudi Arabia's Strategic Miscalculation in Yemen Stratfor WorldviewNovember 10, 2017
Saudi-Exported Koran Fuels Islamic Extremism QuadrantNovember 2, 2017
How a TV Station Put Qatar on the Map Stratfor WorldviewOctober 1, 2017
Keep OPEC out of Wall Street IAGS Journal of Energy SecurityJuly 19, 2017
The Peril of Saudi Expansion in the Gulf of Aqaba American ThinkerJune 26, 2017
A Pro-American Arab Alliance that Fights? The Jerusalem PostJune 9, 2017
Trump Told the Truth in Saudi Arabia (If Not the Whole Truth) Fox NewsMay 24, 2017
Trump's Saudi Speech: Pretty Good National Review OnlineMay 21, 2017
Only Washington Can Forge a Moderate Mideast Axis The Jerusalem PostFebruary 4, 2017
Saudi Arabia's Flawed "Vision 2030" Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2017
Trump's Choices in the Middle East The Boston GlobeDecember 8, 2016
Western Leaders: Pressure Saudis to Give Christians Religious Rights The HillNovember 1, 2016
Israel and the Alliance of the Imperiled The Jewish AdvocateAugust 26, 2016
No Saudi Money for American Mosques The HillAugust 22, 2016
How Muslims Justify Killing Other Muslims in Islam's Name PJ MediaAugust 3, 2016
No Saudi Surprises in 9/11 Commission's '28 Pages' The Huffington PostJuly 20, 2016
Saudis Announce a Turn Away from Wahhabi Cultural Vandalism The Weekly StandardJuly 19, 2016
Why Islamists (Occasionally) Desecrate Islamic Holy Sites The Toronto SunJuly 5, 2016
Religious Intolerance in the Gulf States Middle East QuarterlySummer 2016
The Saudi Solution The Washington TimesMay 18, 2016
Saudi Lies, Harsh Truths about ISIS FrontPage MagazineMay 11, 2016
Islamapologists Shouldn't Point Fingers The Toronto SunMay 3, 2016
Gulf Arab States Close Doors to Syrian Refugees BreitbartMarch 31, 2016
Saudi Arabia and Turkey Are Walking into a Trap The Gatestone InstituteFebruary 16, 2016
China's New Grand Strategy for the Middle East Foreign PolicyFebruary 5, 2016
Hating Americans Is Official Saudi and Qatari Policy The Daily CallerJanuary 18, 2016
Teheran vs. Riyadh The Jerusalem PostJanuary 8, 2016
Saudi Barbarity, Iranian Hypocrisy The Toronto SunJanuary 5, 2016
Is the Saudi Monarchy on Its Last Legs? Asia TimesJanuary 3, 2016
Is It Iran's Middle East Now? FathomAutumn 2015
Cheap Oil Puts the House of Saud at Risk Asia TimesOctober 22, 2015
Why Assad, Rouhani, and Erdogan Should Change Careers Hürriyet Daily NewsOctober 2, 2015
Saudi Arabia is Not Our Friend The Toronto SunSeptember 29, 2015
Middle East Provocations and Predictions The Mackenzie InstituteSeptember 9, 2015
Who is to Blame for the Drowning of Alan Kurdi? The Toronto SunSeptember 3, 2015
Saudi Arabia to West: Improve Your Human Rights Record FrontPage MagazineAugust 18, 2015
Rival Peace Plans Won't Save Syria The Jerusalem PostAugust 14, 2015
Introduction to "Nothing Abides" July 28, 2015
Sunni Arabs: Iran Deal Opens the 'Gates of Evil' The Jerusalem PostJuly 18, 2015
Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi: 'I Say What I think' The Huffington PostJuly 8, 2015
Erdogan's Fake Campaign to Save Morsi The Gatestone InstituteJune 25, 2015
The Saudis' Strategic Wheat Reserve Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
A Turkish-Saudi Military Offensive in Syria? The Gatestone InstituteMay 10, 2015
Saudi King Salman Shuffles the Deck The Weekly StandardApril 30, 2015
A New Chapter in the Sunni-Shiite War The Jerusalem PostApril 4, 2015
Backgrounder: Iran Nuclear Negotiations April 3, 2015
Backgrounder: Arab Intervention in Yemen April 3, 2015
Saudi Arabia is Fooling the West in Yemen The Toronto SunMarch 31, 2015
The Middle Eastern Metternichs of Riyadh Asia Times OnlineMarch 29, 2015
Zakir Naik: A Saudi-backed Radical Islamic Televangelist The Huffington PostMarch 27, 2015
Obama Administration Missteps Crown Iran as Regional Hegemon PJ MediaMarch 16, 2015
What Obama Can Learn about Radical Islam from New Saudi King The Weekly StandardMarch 5, 2015
Can Saudi Arabia Feed Its People? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2015
When Saudi-backed Terrorists Come Home to Roost PJ MediaFebruary 16, 2015
Sorting Out the Saudi Succession The Weekly StandardFebruary 3, 2015
The Greatest Threat in Syria Comes from Iran Israel HayomFebruary 1, 2015
The Real Fight Against ISIS Begins in Saudi Arabia The Toronto SunJanuary 27, 2015
Ridiculing Islam Starts at Home Hürriyet Daily NewsJanuary 7, 2015
Saudi Clerics Fight for the Right to Marry Children Veritas International EnterpriseDecember 30, 2014
Teenage Saudi Girl Won't Have to Marry 90-Year-Old BreitbartNovember 14, 2014
Saudi Shuffle The Jerusalem PostMay 22, 2014
Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances PJ MediaMarch 14, 2014
Bandar bin Sultan's Botched Syrian Intervention Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2014
Saudis Bristle at Obama's Outreach to Iran The Washington TimesDecember 3, 2013
Fear and loathing in Riyadh The Jerusalem PostNovember 16, 2013
Questioning Riyadh's Nuclear Rationale Middle East QuarterlySpring 2013
Will Riyadh Get the Bomb? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2013
Saudi Hypocrisy At Its Best FrontPageMagazine.comFebruary 8, 2013
Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for "Destruction of All Churches in Region" Jihad WatchMarch 14, 2012
Riyadh Enters the Yemen-Huthi Fray Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2012
The Coming Collapse of Yemen The American SpectatorDecember 27, 2011
Is Saudi Arabia Opening Up? National Review OnlineJanuary 4, 2011
Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia Jerusalem PostDecember 23, 2009
A Saudi View of Orientalism Middle East QuarterlyFall 2009
A Saudi Prince's Threat to the Obama Administration FrontPageMagazine.comJanuary 26, 2009
Real Talk? National Review OnlineApril 1, 2008
Dissident Watch: Abdul Rahman al-Lahim Middle East QuarterlySpring 2008
What Influence Does Saudi Money Buy? Jewish ExponentJanuary 17, 2008
Saudi Arabian Airlines Cleans Up Its Act FrontPageMagazine.comAugust 31, 2007
Uniting to Exclude Saudi Arabian Airlines New York SunAugust 21, 2007
Saudi Arabia in Books Middle East QuarterlySpring 2007
Saudi Arabia Woos China and India Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
Al-Qaeda's Saudi Origins Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
Does Saudi Arabia Fund Terrorism? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2006
Has the Saudi Kingdom Reformed? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2006
Dissident Watch: Sami Angawi Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Arabian Sex Tourism FrontPageMagazine.comOctober 7, 2005
Saudis Import Slaves to America New York SunJune 16, 2005
Might the Saudis Blow Up Their Oil Infrastructure? Huffington PostMay 9, 2005
[The Abu Ali Case and] Balancing Liberties, Security New York SunMarch 1, 2005
Who Undercut Ambassador Horan? Middle East QuarterlySpring 2005
Providing Arms Middle East QuarterlySpring 2005
[Freedom House report on] Saudi Venom in U.S. Mosques New York SunFebruary 1, 2005
The Saudis' Covert P.R. Campaign New York SunAugust 10, 2004
[Abdurahman Alamoudi:] Qaddafi's American Hit Man? FrontPageMagazine.comJune 10, 2004
[Khobar Rampage:] "Don't Be Afraid, We Won't Kill Muslims" New York SunJune 8, 2004
Support the lesser evil [in Saudi Arabia] The AustralianMay 31, 2004
A Saudi Education, Right Here at Home National Review OnlineJune 19, 2003
Arabia's Civil War Wall Street Journal EuropeMay 14, 2003
U.S. Department of State: Marriage to Saudis Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2003
The Scandal of U.S.-Saudi Relations National InterestWinter 2002/03
What Riyadh Buys [in Washington] New York PostDecember 11, 2002
Government for Sale [to the Saudis] New York PostDecember 3, 2002
[Saudi Arabia:] Not Friend or Foe New York PostMay 14, 2002
Make the Saudis Pay for Terror New York PostApril 15, 2002
Sue the Saudis New York PostFebruary 18, 2002
How Important is Saudi Oil? Middle East QuarterlyMarch 2000
The Power of Saudi Arabia's Islamic Leaders Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1999
Diplomatic Immunity for Couriers Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Mohammed Al Khilewi: "Saudi Arabia Is Trying to Kill Me" Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
Appeasing the Saudis Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1996
MEF in the Media
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Gregg Roman on the Rift between Qatar and the Arab Gulf States I24NewsJune 6, 2017
Audio, Video and Transcripts
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MEF Sentry Radio: Iran Penetrates Latin America / Khashoggi Reveals Saudi Arabia (Ep. 12) October 17, 2018
The Saudi/Iranian Tug-of-War MEF WireFebruary 16, 2016
The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen MEF WireApril 30, 2015
Geneva's Impact on Saudi Arabia MEF WireDecember 17, 2013
Saudi Abductions and the Betrayal of American Families MEF WireMay 20, 2003
The Saudi State and Terrorism MEF WireApril 4, 2003
Saudi Arabia and the Rise of the Wahhabi Threat MEF WireFebruary 27, 2003
Saudi Arabia's Links to Terrorism MEF WireNovember 19, 2002
Book Title Publication Date
Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads
by David Rundell
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2020
Force and Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond
by Simon Ross Valentine
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2016
Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior and His Legacy
by Michael Darlow and Barbara Bray
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2011
Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation
by Madawi al-Rasheed
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2009
The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda
by Yaroslav Trofimov
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2008
The Prince: The Secret Story of the World's Most Intriguing Royal, Prince Bandar bin Sultan
by William Simpson
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2008
Iran's Rivalry with Saudi Arabia between the Gulf Wars
by Henner Fürtig
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2007
Mirage: Power, Politics, and the Hidden History of Arabian Oil
by Aileen Keating
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007
The Saudi Enigma: A History
by Pascal Menoret
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
Princes of Darkness: The Saudi Assault on the West
by Laurent Murawiec
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2006
The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power
by As'ad AbuKhalil
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2006
Cradle of Islam. The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity
by Mai Yamani
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2005
Wahhabi Islam: From Revival to Global Jihad
by Natana J. Delong-Bas
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2005
Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
by Robert Baer
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2004
Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia
by Thomas Lippman
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2004
House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties
by Craig Unger
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2004
Saudi Arabia Enters the Twenty-First Century: The Political, Foreign Policy, Economic, and Energy Dimensions
by Anthony H. Cordesman
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
The Paradoxical Kingdom: Saudi Arabia and the Momentum of Reform
by Daryl Champion
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2004
Arabie Saoudite: La Menace
by Stéphane Marchand
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2004
The Rise and Fall of the Hashimite Kingdom of Arabia
by Joshua Teitelbaum
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2002
Succession in Saudi Arabia
by Joseph A. Kechichian
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2002
Islamic Law and Legal System: Studies of Saudi Arabia
by Frank E. Vogel
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Holier than Thou: Saudi Arabia's Islamic Opposition
by Joshua Teitelbaum
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2001
Changed Identities: The Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia
by Mai Yamani
Middle East QuarterlySpring 2001
The History of Saudi Arabia
by Alexei Vassiliev
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1999
The Remaking of Saudi Arabia: The Struggle between King Sa‘ud and Crown Prince Faysal, 1953-1962
by Sarah Yizraeli
Middle East QuarterlySeptember 1998
The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar
by Frederick F. Anscombe
Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
Flawed Justice: The Execution of ‘Abd al-Karim Mara‘i al-Naqshabandi
by Clarisa Bencomo
Middle East QuarterlyJune 1998
The Price of Wealth: Economics and Institutions in the Middle East
by Kiren Aziz Chaudhry
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1998
Two Kings in Arabia: Sir Reader Bullard's Letters from Jeddah Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995
Mecca: A Literary History of the Muslim Holy Land
by F. E. Peters
Middle East QuarterlyMarch 1995