Issue 1171 PDF: Global sports ambitions point to MBS’ evolving conception of Saudi First leadership

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Issue 1171 - 16 Jun 2023

Issue 1171’s leading article looks into the multi-billion revamp of Saudi Arabia’s football league. GSN considers this in the context of Mohammed Bin Salman’s attempts to establish himself as a popular leader in the new emerging world order. 

This article is accompanied by a graphic displaying various football clubs across the globe with information on their holdings and spectator attendance. 

The following politics articles concern political disputes in Kuwait following the election, Tehran’s clamp down on Iranian Kurdish exiles and the Gulf reaction to Erdoğan’s election win. 

GSN defence and security coverage explores an Iranian naval commander’s claims that a new coalition of GCC states is forming to patrol the region’s waters. 

As the OPEC+ early-June meeting broke up and with Saudi Arabia’s unilateral oil output of 1m b/d, GSN expects the nation will undertake more haggling will take place amongst the cartel.

Risk Management reports for this issue concern Bahrain and Iran whilst the GSN View regards the unsteady fiscal path Iraq is taking.

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