• Article // Jan 28, 2015
    Thomas W. Lippman
    It appears that the senior princes who run Saudi Arabia don't read Western news reports about their country or the numerous analyses of Saudi affairs put forth by American and European think tanks. If they did, they would have known that the death of King Abdullah was going to set off a “succession crisis” that would divide the ruling family and possibly destabilize the kingdom. They clearly did not get the memo.
  • Politics among MENA countries have long been complicated by entrenched, competing interests, both foreign and abroad, which have shaped the development of the region.