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Arabia in Transition Part II: Patronage and Politics

  In the first part of our discussion about the changes incipient on the Arabian Peninsula, we focused on the more straightforward economic issues of transitioning out of a petroleum export economy. There were many options available, from manufacturing to financial services to tourism[1], but all could be accomplished, with enough time and money, aside…

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НАШЕ МОРЕ: The Russian Black Sea

In 2014, Vladimir Putin’s Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, kicking off a conflict that has burned through the eastern part of the country since. This action on its own means little. However, in the context of Black Sea economic and political competition, it was the opening move of Russia’s new regional gambit. Since…

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Arabia in Transition Part I: Oleo-pause

The largest state on the Arabian Peninsula, the eponymous Saudi Arabia, has dominated the region’s news in 2018, largely due to the progressive consolidation of power by Mohammad bin Salman, a prominent princeling of the Saud family, who has been the heir apparent for the past two years. While his political regime is interesting, his…

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