• Politics among MENA countries have long been complicated by entrenched, competing interests, both foreign and abroad, which have shaped the development of the region.

  • Opinion // Apr 16, 2014
    Thomas Lippman
    It might be a mistake to jump to conclusions about the removal of Prince Bandar bin Sultan from his post as chief of Saudi Arabian intelligence. When it comes to senior jobs held by the royals, the Kingdom’s decision-making process is entirely opaque and there is no way to know at this point whether the flamboyant former ambassador to the United States was pushed out or bailed out.