The Folly of King Salman: Saudi Arabia’s Impossible War in Yemen

King Salman is risking much of his kingdom's finite power in his war in Yemen.

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The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

First, a Lion King reference.  Now, to serious business. What's it mean to be a king?  Our popular image is of some bro, richly dressed, sitting on a fancy throne, throwing edicts left and right and being waited on hand and foot.  Most importantly, we believe a king can do as he likes; he's the … Continue reading The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

Saudi Arabia Clamps Down on Little Qatar (Or, How Not To Waste Billions Trying To Be Something You’re Not)

What's a Qatar, and why should you care?  First off, it's pronounced "Qatr," with no "-ar" sound, even though that's how it's written in English.  If you insist on saying "Qat-AR," do it in your backwoods. Anyway, with Qatar having the third largest proven natural gas reserves in the world, this is one tiny country … Continue reading Saudi Arabia Clamps Down on Little Qatar (Or, How Not To Waste Billions Trying To Be Something You’re Not)

Riyadh’s Riots: It’s Getting Hot In Here

"It's getting hot in here/So take off all your thobes/I am getting so hot/I'm gonna riot and then throw oil markets into chaos." Seven months ago, Saudi Arabia began an amnesty to allow illegal workers to leave the kingdom without fine or punishment.  The result has been up to one million people fleeing the country … Continue reading Riyadh’s Riots: It’s Getting Hot In Here