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High Stakes as Saudi Crown Prince Tries to Remove Opponents

The decision by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to sack Minister of National Guard Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, the favorite son of the late King Abdullah, is intended to remove a potential powerful rival of his own favorite son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 804 more words


JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Sino-India 1962

Why did I read this book?

Etymology reveals that – Strategy – a ubiquitous term in today’s world, derives its meaning from the Greek word ‘stratēgia’ meaning war or generalship.

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Al-Qaeda Strikes Back

Al-Qaeda has upped its ideological challenge to Saudi Arabia with an attack by Hamza bin Laden on the royal family’s legitimacy. This comes as the group’s failed 2009 attempt to assassinate their Saudi nemesis, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, ironically appears to have provided the pretense for his demotion from crown prince. 760 more words


Influence-Rich Saudis Blow Through Sunni Unity

Less than a month after hosting US President Donald Trump and 50 Muslim leaders, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s alliance of Sunni states is in tatters, squandered on a vendetta.  1,125 more words


Saudi Arms Sales: Not Really Happening

While Donald Trump has tried hard to call his first international trip a success, one of the cornerstone pieces of the first leg of the trip is not holding up to scrutiny. 272 more words

Will Saudi Arabia Allow Pakistani General to Command Military Alliance?

For the last two months, mystery and confusion has shrouded Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s retired army chief, over whether he will be the supreme commander of the Saudi-led “Islamic military alliance” created by Riyadh in 2015.  611 more words