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Salman Aldossary
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on : Saturday, 31 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Restructuring the Saudi State

Was it a surprise? Perhaps only those who don’t know Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz were surprised by the quality of the bold decisions that he took earlier this week in one fell swoop. However, the majority of Saudis are well aware of King Salman’s practical attitude and decisiveness, particularly when it comes to taking the big decisions. If decisions serve the public interest and meet the aspirations of citizens, then the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will take them quickly and w...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Saturday, 31 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Stability, Continuity and Smooth Transition

In both the US and Western Europe, there are two major political currents that are always happy to doubt and belittle any constructive step taken by traditional regimes in the Middle East: the ultra-conservative Right and the radical Left. The ultra-conservative Right is usually, and wholeheartedly, not only anti-Arab, but anti-Third World in general. It sees the Third World countries either as a burden that hinders the West’s well-being, a fertile ground for radicalism which threatens its ...

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Osman Mirghani
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Opinion: A Seamless Transition

People from time to time question the future of monarchies in the Middle East, and their ability to face the challenges posed by their turbulent surroundings. They continue to a...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 30 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Saudi Arabia’s greatest asset is stability

In one of those coincidences that adds spice to history, the meeting this week between US President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz also marked the ...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Thursday, 29 Jan, 2015

Opinion: The Future of Saudi Foreign Policy

So far, there has been no indication that Saudi Arabia intends to change the direction of its foreign policy, either partially or completely. Saudi policy is usually set in stone, ...

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Sawsan Al-Shaer
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: America’s Saudi Confusion

Before I begin this article I would like to offer my condolences first to the people of Bahrain, and then to the King and people of Saudi Arabia, and the Arab and Islamic world on ...

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Tawfiq Al-Saif
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Continuing with Reform

The process of reform, if it is to bear fruit and maintain momentum, must be continuous and sustained. According to writer and academic Homa Katouzian, any slowdown in the moderniz...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Obama’s Four-Hour Trip to Riyadh

Two highly significant diplomatic messages were sent during US President Barack Obama’s four-hour visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The first came from Washington when President ...

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Hamad Al-Majid
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: Securing the Saudi Succession

As soon as he took the throne, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz took a historic decision regarding the Saudi succession, dispelling months, if not years,...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2015

Opinion: The King of Reforms

It is natural that Western media outlets and researchers have been abuzz with outpourings of analyses, studies and conclusions about the direction Saudi Arabia’s domestic and for...

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