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Prospects for Russian-Saudi Relations: Real Partnership or Strategic Trap?

With the dust settling over Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman's visit to St. Petersburg last month, Russian Political Scientist Vladimir Efimov attempts to make sense of the visit.

"Who's Allied With Whom?" Putin & The Saudi Caravan

Authored by Pepe Escobar, originally posted at SputnikNews.com, No one – as usual - saw it coming. So guess who walks into a room in St. Petersburg this past Thursday; Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince – and Defense Minister – Muhammad...Show More Summary

Saudi Crown Prince Visits Putin as Two Countries Weigh Mending Ties

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Thursday to discuss ties and confirm the Saudi King's upcoming visit.

Surprising Saudi Rises as a Prince Among Princes

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 29, has swiftly accumulated more power than any prince has ever held, and he has become one of Saudi Arabia’s most visible leaders.

Breaking the Saudi rules of succession

On April 29, 2015, King Salman of Saudi Arabia appointed Mohammed bin Nayef, a grandson of the state’s founder, second-in-line to the throne as crown prince and placed Mohammed bin Salman, a 29-year-old prince, third-in-line as deputy crown prince. The major change comes just months after Salman acceded to the throne on Jan. 23, following […]

Self-Professed Foreign Policy Expert Obama Botches Names of BOTH Saudi Crown Princes

President Obama–our self-professed “expert” in foreign policy–had a very bad day at his Middle East Summit… you know, the one most Middle Eastern leaders skipped? Yeah, that one. Anyway, our

Obama holds White House talks with leaders from Saudi Arabia

Obama met in the Oval Office with the Saudi crown prince and deputy crown prince on Wednesday. Obama says the U.S. and the Saudis are building on a strong relationship "during a very challenging time."

Obama to meet with Saudi leaders ahead of Gulf summit

The meeting with the crown prince and deputy crown prince comes a day before Obama holds a summit with the Saudis and other Gulf nations at Camp David. The White House announced last week that Saudi King Salman would represent the kingdom, but Saudi officials said over the weekend that the king's travel plans had changed.

'A [Really] Royal Snub'

Saudi Arabia’s decision to send its crown prince rather than its king to a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David this week is no small snub, Bruce Reidel of Brookings argues: It was timed and orchestrated to demonstrate as much dissatisfaction...Show More Summary

Obama to meet with Saudi crown prince, deputy in Oval Office on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office on Wednesday, ahead of a summit with other Gulf Arab leaders, the White House said on Tuesday.

Currying Favor at Camp David

Paul R. Pillar Saudi Arabia Iran Yemen, Middle East As crown princes and other leaders of Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf meet this week with President Obama, the first thing to keep in mind as background to this encounter is a truth that the president spoke last month in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times. Show More Summary

Saudi King blows off Obama

(Paul Mirengoff) Saudi Arabia has announced that its new monarch, King Salman, will not attend meetings at the White House with President Obama or a summit of Arab leaders at Camp David. The king will instead send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is the interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the defense minister. Show More Summary

SAUDIS SNUB OBAMA:  Saudi King Salman has pulled out of an Arab summit hosted by King President Oba…

SAUDIS SNUB OBAMA:  Saudi King Salman has pulled out of an Arab summit hosted by King President Obama on Thursday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayif will attend instead.  Obama had planned one-on-one time with King Salman, so his pullout suggests tension with the Obama Administration. Bahrainian King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also pulled out […]

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to attend Gulf Arab summit with Obama

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has designated his crown prince to attend a Gulf Arab summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, the state news agency, SPA, reported on Sunday. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef would head the delegation representing the world’s top oil exporter at the talks, which U.S. sources […]

Saudi king sending crown prince to summit with Obama

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman has designated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef to attend a Gulf Arab summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in his place, the Saudi foreign minister said, the state news agency, SPA, said on Sund...

Constructive Dialogue in Saudi Arabia

Secretary Kerry visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 6-7 for a series of meetings on regional security issues with senior government leaders including His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, His Royal Highness, the Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister al-

The Saudi Royal Family Shakeup

The House of Saud, one of the world’s largest and richest royal families, experienced a quiet coup within its ranks shortly before dawn on Wednesday. King Salman canned his Crown Prince and appointed a tough security official as the new heir. Show More Summary

Don’t Be Fooled by Saudi’s Reshuffle

By Adam Coogle | (Human Rights Watch) | – King Salman’s promotion of his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef to the position of crown prince and heir apparent marks a change of direction…

Saudi Leadership Changes Highlight Contradictions in U.S. Middle East Policy

Yesterday King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a series of royal decrees removing his half-brother, Prince Muqrin, as Crown Prince and replacing him with Mohammed bin Nayef, Minister of the Interior and head of the powerful Council of Political and Security Affairs. Show More Summary

Saudi Leadership Changes Highlight Contradictions in U.S. Middle East Policy

Yesterday King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a series of royal decrees removing his half-brother Prince Muqrin as Crown Prince and replacing him with Mohammed bin Nayef, the Minister of the Interior and head of the powerful Council of Political and Security Affairs. Show More Summary

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