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Snapshot,
Michael Bröning

Expectations for the Arab League (which had never been high) are at an all-time low in the wake of last week's summit. If the organization wants to remain relevant, it should take a page from the African Union, which revised its charter after the Rwandan genocide and transformed itself from “the dictators’ club” -- as many called its predecessor, the OAU -- into a key player in contemporary African politics.

Snapshot,
William McCants

Although Saudi Arabia’s dislike of Brotherhood political activities abroad is well known, for decades the kingdom has tolerated the local Saudi branch of the Brotherhood. Its sudden reversal is an expression of solidarity with its politically vulnerable allies in the region and a warning to Sunni Islamists to tread carefully.

Snapshot,
Bilal Y. Saab

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar, claiming that Doha was violating a clause in the Gulf Cooperation Council charter not to interfere in the domestic affairs of fellow members. The decision, unprecedented in the council's history, hints at significant changes to come for the GCC and the balance of power in the Gulf.

Snapshot,
Nina Easton

Saudi Arabia remains the only country on earth to prevent women from driving, but driving is not the only way to measure women's progress. In fact, they have made great strides in government, the work force, and education.

Snapshot,
John Sfakianakis

Since world demand for oil is set to grow, Riyadh does not see U.S. shale oil production as competition. Nor is it worried about losing its position as the world's supplier as last result. All in all, the U.S. energy boom might be a good thing for Saudi Arabia.

Snapshot,
Zachary K. Goldman and Mira Rapp-Hooper

The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has spooked many of Washington’s most important allies in the Persian Gulf. The United States can and must allay their fears; any long-term resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff will otherwise be difficult to sustain.

Snapshot,
David P. Fidler

The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has led to a global controversy over who legally owns the intellectual property of a virus, whether a virus can be patented, and how to share samples of it once it is. But all the bickering has obscured the fact that pandemics aren't problems that can be litigated away.

Snapshot,
Frederic Wehrey

By ignoring long-standing grievances, playing the sectarian card, and unequivocally treating Shia opposition as Iranian-backed radicals, the Saudi regime is aggravating the very problem that it would like to defuse.

Snapshot,
Meliha Benli Altunisik

Saudi Arabia and Turkey seemed to come together in recent years over trade, energy, Iran, and, most recently, the revolution in Libya. But the two countries' regional goals -- Sunni hegemony in Saudi Arabia's case and region-wide soft power in Turkey's -- differ too much for friendly ties to last long.

Snapshot,
Ellen Laipson

Nayef's appointment as Saudi heir apparent doesn't mark the start of a transition of power from the older generation to a younger, more liberal one. In fact, Nayef is more conservative than the monarch and would remain so as king.

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