Fear and loathing in the Middle East

Two prominent regional powers in the Middle East have remained high on the international agenda recently: Iran, due to the sanctions going to be imposed, and Saudi Arabia, due to the Jamal Khashoggi murder.

The Khashoggi Affair Ushers in a New Era in the Region

Mohammad bin Salman’s political ambitions might lead him to future disasters like the Yemen, Hariri and Khashoggi ones. However, if regional tensions can be lowered due to a politically weakened MbS, it could count as a win for Turkey.

Geopolitics of the Khashoggi Murder

“If Trump decides to retreat MbS because of his brutality, which is unlikely to happen, it will not be a decision of American liberal principles, but a decision motivated by the increasing unpredictability of MbS’s actions in the Middle East.”