Rivalry of Saudi Iran threatens to expand in the region

On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that “divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians” for “the unjustly spilled blood” of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, executed by the … Read More

Saudi Arabia feels force of Shia anger

By Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Heba Saleh in Cairo Saudi Arabia’s shock decision to execute the dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others convicted of terrorism … Read More

Pakistan Annual Forecast 2016

Pakistan Pursues Security Supported by a three-year, $6.6 billion International Monetary Fund loan and buoyed by low oil prices, Pakistan’s economy will maintain its current growth rate of 4 percent … Read More

Annual Forecast 2016

Annual Forecast 2016 With old geopolitical realities resurfacing across Eurasia and commodity prices stuck in a slump, 2016 is shaping up to be an unsettling year for much of the … Read More

Third Time’s a Charm; Will Saudi’s Newest Coalition Work?

Thirty-four states join Sunni anti-ISIS alliance The Islamic State has criticized a formation of 34 Sunni Muslim nations as “morons and fools” after Saudi Arabia announced it would form a … Read More

Why Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror coalition won’t work

By Salman Rafi      The formation of the Saudi Arabia-led “anti-terror” ‘Muslim’ coalition last week has come as a surprise. But its underlying logic is hardly surprising. Far from … Read More

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan’s Evolving Alliance

The two Muslim powers seek a “reset”—but events in the region may make that impossible. By Giorgio Cafiero , Daniel Wagner In early November, Pakistan’s chief of army staff, General … Read More