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December 8, 2016

Will Boris Johnson’s Saudi comments hurt the UK’s Gulf trade charm offensive?

Originally published by City A.M
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson‘s attack on Saudi Arabia runs the risk of harming UK efforts to build trading relations with Gulf states, experts say.
In remarks reported earlier this week, Johnson accused the Saudi regime of “twisting” …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom
November 17, 2016

Event: ‘Gulf Foreign Aid and Military Intervention in a Time of Fiscal Austerity’

DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016, 12:30 – 13:30
VENUE: Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Dr. Karen E. Young, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington
To see a summary of this event click here
To see a …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
August 2, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Saudi Arabia’s New Strategic Calculus’

On the 1st of August, Andrew Bowen, a Global Fellow of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, gave a talk on whether the strategic gamble that is ‘Vision 2030’ will in fact pay off …

Posted in Event Summaries, Saudi Arabia
August 1, 2016

Event: ‘Saudi Arabia’s New Strategic Calculus’

TIME: 12:30-13:30, Monday 1st August 2016
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Andrew Bowen, Global Fellow, Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
To see a summary of this event click here

With …

Posted in Event, Saudi Arabia, Spotlight, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
May 5, 2016

Event Summary: ‘Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Global Challenge to Democratic Norms’

by Hugh Coates
On the 5th May, Dr Marc F. Plattner, Dr Lilia Shevtsova, and Christopher Walker gave a talk on the current threat posed to democracy by resurgent authoritarian powers across the globe – the central theme of their recent …

Posted in China, Democracy & Development, Event Summaries, Iran, RSC Event Summaries, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spotlight
February 10, 2016

Event Transcript: ‘The Rise and Fall of the Arab State: Ramifications for Israel and the Region’

Chair: Louise Ellman MP
Host: Davis Lewin, Deputy Director of The Henry Jackson Society
Speaker: Professor Asher Susser, Director for External Affairs and the Stanley and Ilene Gold Senior Research Fellow, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University.
10th …

Posted in Egypt, Event Transcript, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen
December 16, 2015

The Middle East: Understanding the Turmoil

TIME: 10:30-11:30, Wednesday 16th December 2015
VENUE:  Committee Room 15, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKERS: General Yosef Kuperwasser, Former Head of Israel’s Military Intelligence &
Dr. Jacques Neriah, former Diplomatic and Political Adviser to the late PM Yitzhak Rabin
To attend please RSVP to:    
As …

Posted in Defence, Event, Hamas, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Middle East, Palestine, Qatar, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey, Yemen
October 28, 2015

Event Transcript: ‘Fifty Shades of Guile: Wahhabism and the death of Islamic Pluralism’

Dr Simon Ross Valentine
Sir David Amess
Wednesday 28th October 2015
Committee Room 16, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Sir David Amess
Now, Dr Simon Ross Valentine has spent the last three years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia familiarising himself with the distinct …

Posted in Event Transcript, Extremism, Human Rights, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security

Fifty Shades of Guile: Wahhabism and the death of Islamic Pluralism

Dr Simon Ross Valentine
TIME: 18:00-19:00, Wednesday 28th October 2015
VENUE: Committee Room 16, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
 To attend please RSVP to:   
Wahhabism, a strict Arabian Islamic reform movement, has grown massively since the 1970s as a result of huge funding from Saudi …

Posted in Event, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia
April 15, 2015

15 April: Davis Lewin discusses Iran-Saudi rivalry in relation to Yemen conflict on Voice of America

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security, Yemen
March 18, 2015

Meet Saudi Arabia’s top cleric. Like Isis, he also thinks churches should be destroyed

Originally published in The Spectator
Today a quick game of ‘spot the difference.’
First, here are some photos, released yesterday, of Isis pulling down the crosses on ancient churches and desecrating Christian holy sites in Mosul, Iraq. They admit to doing this because they wish …

Posted in Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, Spotlight
September 12, 2013

Event summary: ‘A Saudi Perspective on a Changing Middle East’

This is a summary of an event with His Royal Highness Turki Al Faisal of Saudi Arabia on 12 September 2013; it reflects the views expressed by the speaker and not those of the Henry Jackson Society or its staff.
To …

Posted in Event Summaries, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Saudi Arabia
November 20, 2012

Saudi women’s rights: reforms have not gone far enough

Guest post by Henry Jackson Communications Assistant Rosanna Rafel
Since King Abdullah came to power in Saudi Arabia in 2005, his moves towards reform, particularly for women, have been closely monitored. David Cameron visited Dubai in early November 2012 to secure …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
July 11, 2012

The Arab Spring: enter Saudi Arabia

By and large, with the exception of Bahrain, the Arab Gulf states have enjoyed a
stable and quiet Arab spring compared to the countries of North Africa and the
Levant. This is due to the people of these countries enjoying massive economic …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Islamism, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
May 29, 2012

Saudi women tells religious police to get lost

“It’s none of your business” is the phrase one Saudi women repeatedly tells the country’s ultra conservative religious police in a video being widely circulated on social media and news websites. See the video here.
Her offence? Wearing nail varnish in …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , , , ,
May 14, 2012

GCC Union

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are expected to discuss moves towards a confederate style union—a Saudi proposal first put forward in December 2011—when they meet today in Riyadh.
Discussions on unity are likely to encompass greater economic integration and cooperation …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , ,
March 19, 2012

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: unlikely candidates for intervention

The Assad regime has been blaming bomb attacks in Syria over the past year on al-Qaeda and the Opposition, painting a false picture of those opposing the regime are nothing but terrorists. Now, with the latest bomb attacks in the …

Posted in Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, The Scoop | Tagged , , , ,
March 9, 2012

Women protesters in Saudi Arabia crushed

Saudi Arabia thinks its a good idea to arm the Syrian opposition against Bashar al-Assad, yet when it comes to their own citizens opposing the ruling or religious elite, they are crushed almost immediately.
The latest example of this hypocrisy has …

Posted in Human Rights, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop | Tagged , ,
March 2, 2012

Female Saudi equestrian could be heading to the London Olympics, but don’t expect to see a women’s team at the beach volleyball just yet

Even as much of the rest of the Arab World experiences socio-political upheavals on an unprecedented scale, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains largely untouched.
This is unfortunate, since the world’s largest oil producer is also one of its worst human …

Posted in Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
January 9, 2012

Al-Qaeda: Broke

It’s not often that Saudi Arabia will get a good write up on these pages about their role in combatting al-Qaeda (AQ), but here goes.
The Saudis have been praised by US officials for playing a crucial role in stopping the flow of …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
December 9, 2011

Saudi women driving would lead to promiscuity, says report

A Saudi Arabian academic released a report last week that concluded that if women were allowed to drive, it would end female virginity and promote promiscuity, prostitution, homosexuality and divorce in the country.
The report, which was conducted for the Shura Council, the …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
November 25, 2011

The Shia Uprising in Saudi Arabia

In the past week, four men have been killed in Shia protests in the Qatif region in Saudi Arabia. This latest outbreak in violence has been dubbed as the most serious in the Kingdom since the start of the Arab Spring.
A population …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
November 11, 2011

Wajeh Al-Huwaidar: Saudi woman’s rights activist

In September 2011, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced that he was allowing women to vote for the first time in the next municiple elections – held rarely. Yet this article written by Wajeh Al-Huwaidar in 2009, a Saudi activist …

Posted in Human Rights, Media, Religious Fundamentalism, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop
October 12, 2011

Did the snake decide to bite?

In 2008 the Saudis asked the US to attack Iran and stop it from developing nuclear weapons. According to one WikiLeaks revelation, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States relayed King Abdullah’s message to the Americans: ‘He told you to …

Posted in Defence, Democracy & Development, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, The Scoop, United States
September 22, 2011

Lloyd’s Insurance drops 9/11 claim against Saudi Arabia

A Lloyd’s insurance syndicate has today dropped a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, which accused the state of indirectly funding al-Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks.
The 3500 syndicate was seeking £136m, which it had paid out to companies and individuals harmed as …

Posted in Saudi Arabia, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
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