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The next 12 months will show whether the creation of a radical new opposition force fractures Shiite Islamist support or broadens the range of pressures on Bahrain’s government.


Before setting off on his first foreign excursion since being appointed king-in-waiting (only) last June, Crown Prince and defence minister Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) took few chances. A wide-ranging reshuffle of the military top brass was enacted by King Salman Bin Abdelaziz on 26 February based on MBS’s recommendations (see article below). In parallel were a string of changes in the civilian hierarchy, including the appointment of new junior ministers


After a period when the governance reform initiative has drifted, there is no time to waste as King Abdullah consolidates his authority with the release of prominent dissidents and an invigorated programme of government action.

Issue 669 - 06 September 2001

Across the Region


Prince Turki Bin Faisal has resigned as head of Saudi intelligence after nearly a quarter-century at the helm. He is replaced by Prince Nawaf Bin Abdelaziz, brother of King Fahd.

Issue 219 - 23 August 1983



After nearly three years of frustration in its efforts to bring security for western strategic interests in the Middle East, the Reagan Administration is now preparing for the traditional, lengthy run-up to the Presidential election in November 1984. Changes in ambassadors and State Department personnel reflect election factors, and thus the establishment of a task force to tackle crises as they come rather than the creation of a new team to undertake fresh initiatives.

Issue 367 - 25 July 1998



Who set off the bombs in Makkah two weeks ago which disrupted the hajj? Nobody seems to know, least of all the Saudis. Nonetheless, the finger of accusation has been inevitably pointed at Iran and, equally inevitably, the Iranian regime is playing innocent.

Issue 103 - 09 August 1983



THE FOREIGN MINISTERS of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states are due to meet in Taif on 22 August, for the eight session of the GCC Ministerial Council. The Council's Assistant Secretary General, Ibrahim al Subhi, said in Riyadh that the Foreign Ministers would assess the activities of the GCC over the past two years and review the next stages of the implementation of the Unified Economic Agreement between the six member states.

Issue 464 - 30 June 1993



As the third anniversary of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait approaches, the occupation and the subsequent war are still an important daily preoccupation of Kuwaitis. If others begin to forget the Gulf crisis and war the Kuwaitis, naturally enough, do not.


As Friday prayers approach, further unrest is expected, this week potentially led by Saudi Arabia, where protesters nurse economic, political and social grievances

Issue 61 - 07 December 1981



Politics, according to Bismark, is the art of the possible. Judged by that criterion, the policies of the Israelis and the PLO on Palestine are wildly impolitic. Menachem Begin, invoking the divine right of kings, asserts Israel's unassailable claim on the West Bank on the basis of some myth-historical covenant with the Lord. Surrender of the territory is not, in his eyes, merely political and economic suicide; it is, in the literal religious sense, anathema. For the PLO, there can be no recognition of Israel until a de facto Palestinian state has been established. So the dogs of war pursue their tails in a vicious circle.

Issue 194 - 14 April 1987



Leo Tindemans, the Belgian foreign minister and currently President of the European Economic Community Council of Ministers, is to visit several Middle East capitals in the coming few weeks to try to inject some impetus in the moves to hold an international conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict.


Talks brokered by United Nations special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed are scheduled for 15 December, most probably at a location just outside Geneva, after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels reached a tentative agreement to discuss the conflict; it may include a ceasefire that would ease pressure on traumatised populations. But levels of violence remain alarmingly high, from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Islamic State (IS, or Daesh) and other Islamist groups, the Houthis and their General People’s Congress (GPC) allies, and the Saudi-led coalition, which is not only bombing but also building up ground forces, with some allies suggesting an assault on Sanaa could yet follow (GSN 1,004/1).


With the summer heat in full force, King Salman Bin Abdelaziz opted for an unusual place to take a break: the yet-to-be-built city of Neom in the kingdom’s north-west corner, abutting Egypt and Jordan, is his chosen destination. Eschewing his usual break in Tangier, Morocco, Salman arrived at the site on 30 July to “spend some time in rest and recreation”, the official statement said. The monarch chaired a session of the cabinet the following day, providing symbolic confirmation of Neom’s incorporation into the new Saudi Arabia being crafted by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) and his teams of advisors.


The Jaber/Salem alternating succession has apparently been consigned to history by the new head of state, but GSN’s soundings of informed opinion in Kuwait suggest it is Sheikh Sabah’s choice of prime minister, sticking with an older generation, that is provoking the most criticism.

Issue 110 - 28 November 1983



BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTER, Michael Heseltine, is to make a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia in mid-December, for defence and political talks with the Saudi authorities. Government sources in London have confirmed that the talks between the British minister and his Saudi counterparts will cover mutual defence interests, the Iran-Iraq war, the Arab-Israeli dispute and the situation in the Lebanon. The London sources say that Heseltine's visit reflects the great importance the British government attaches to political and defence relations with the kingdom.