Saudi Arabia

Britain should not turn its back on MBS and the Saudis

22 December 2018 10:00

For more than a decade, I have been a public critic of Saudi Arabia. I should, therefore, be applauding recent…

Jamal Khashoggi is the right TIME Person of the Year – for all the wrong reasons

14 December 2018 9:54

TIME magazine has lost relevance, in the United States and globally. The only thing it is now known for is…

Why Erdogan is relishing making life difficult for Saudi’s crown prince

26 November 2018 11:33

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has been dissected by the world’s press, perhaps none more so than in Turkey, where the journalist…

The real problem with the Saudis’ ‘Davos in the Desert’

23 October 2018 12:23

At this rate, there’s going to be a very empty hospitality tent, and a heck of a lot of canapés…

Let’s talk about how the Turkish government deals with dissidents abroad

13 October 2018 15:53

The indignation over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has taken an interesting turn now that Donald Trump…

Why has Mohammad bin Salman gone so quiet?

22 May 2018 16:16

Has Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman been assassinated, had a breakdown or gone into hiding? Or is that…

Saudi Arabia must become a new Dubai

13 April 2018 14:57

Although probably not possessed of the liberal sensibilities that would see him accepted for membership by, say, the Soho House…

The Spectator Podcast: Prince Charming

8 March 2018 18:28

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast, we look at the new Saudi Crown Prince as he visits the…

The West has abandoned human rights

7 March 2018 17:23

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman is in Britain, and the argument over the next few days…

Guardian’s Saudi dilemma

7 March 2018 11:21

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is in town today for a three-day state visit with a…

Is Mohammad bin Salman a friend to the West?

2 March 2018 13:00

Amid the avalanche of news coming from Saudi Arabia, the most important has been overlooked. A few weeks ago Riyadh…

The Spectator Podcast: Desert storm

9 November 2017 16:42

On this week’s episode, we turn our attention to the Middle East and the unlikely alliance of Saudi Arabia and…

What are Corbyn’s Venezuelan critics actually doing to help?

1 September 2017 8:13

The victims of foreign dictatorships have become chips in our political games. In our corner of the rich world, for…

Qatar can thank Donald Trump for its current woes

4 July 2017 10:53

The deadline imposed on Qatar to agree to the demands made by the Saudi-led Sunni coalition has passed without Doha…

Trump is winning friends abroad – while alienating them at home

22 May 2017 17:47

In 1981, when President Reagan lifted the grain embargo on the Soviet Union, Washington Post columnist George F. Will went on…

What does the UN think Saudi Arabia can teach us about gender equality?

24 April 2017 16:57

In these tricky – not to say dark – times there is one place to which we can always turn…

A new twist in Owen Jones’ ‘jacket-gate’ saga

11 April 2017 17:48

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — and Owen Jones is quickly discovering that there’s also no such…

Theresa May makes a stand against Saudi dress codes

5 April 2017 12:44

Well, Theresa May met half of the Foreign Office’s dress code for women in Saudi Arabia when she arrived there…

Murdered Christians are 2016’s least fashionable minority

16 December 2016 13:15

The murderers and persecutors of Christians have had a good year. With one exception – the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel…

Boris Johnson is right about Saudi Arabia

8 December 2016 14:35

In what sense does anyone actually disagree with what Boris Johnson said about Saudi Arabia and Iran? Does anyone actually…