Saudi Arabia

President Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, one of July's forgotten countries
Mainstream Media’s (Four)gotten Countries of July 2017

While the media spotlight shines on a few high-profile countries, four forgotten countries (Lithuania, Yemen, Sudan, and Morocco) operate under the radar.

What You Should Know About Qatar
What You Should Know About Qatar

A crisis in the Middle East has erupted between numerous nations and the small state of Qatar. Here is what you should know about Qatar, the world’s richest country.

The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage
The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage

The problems of sexism and misogynist perceptions of women still exist in America, but they do not have established legal structures supporting them. In the Middle East, societal perceptions of women are just the tip of the iceberg.

Drive Them Out: President Trump Delivers Blunt Speech Against Islamists at Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh
Drive Them Out: President Trump Delivers Blunt Speech Against Islamists at Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh

Speaking to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, President Trump gave the speech an American president has needed to give but perhaps only Trump would have felt comfortable delivering.

Oman Sultan Qaboos Peacemaker
Oman, the Peacemaker

In the chaotic and often violent aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Sultanate of Oman has moved to a different beat, distinguishing itself as a peacemaker and mediator in comparison to its neighboring Arab states.

FDR’s Appointment at The Great Bitter Lake: 14 February 1945, Part 2

FDR’s meeting with King Ibn Saud on the Great Bitter Lake has had ramifications for U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations for decades.

FDR on USS Quincy at Great Bitter Lake
FDR’s Appointment at The Great Bitter Lake: 14 February 1945, Part 1

President Barack Obama evoked howls of disapproval from his opponents when, in early 2009, he bowed before King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the absolute ruler of Saudi Arabia. This high profile encounter—the President was attending a G-20 Summit in London—provided a marked contrast with the almost entirely overlooked first meeting of a President and the monarch of the Desert Kingdom.