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A Response to the New York Times and the Washington Post

On August 3 and 5 respectively, the New York Times and the Washington Post published editorials condemning the decision by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme CourtRead More

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Kuwait: A Case Study in the Futility of Accommodating the Iranian Regime

On July 20, 2017, the Kuwaiti government ordered the expulsion of three-quarters of Iran’s diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Alireza Enayati, as well as the closure of the IslamicRead More

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Exercising at the Hair Salon and Jumping Jacks by the Bell: Saudi Women in Sports Percolating to the Policy Surface

In an interview with CNBC, Lina Al Maeena, the founder of Jeddah United Sports Club (JU), inferred that through sports Saudi women could breakRead More

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Freedom of Tweet and Freedom to Seat: Reviewing the First Amendment in Saudi Arabia

In the Western imagination, Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is abhorrent—a medieval relic synonymous with brutal beheadings; a blatant disregard for due process and the rule of law; circumscribed rights for women, minorities, and guest workers; and zero tolerance for...Read More

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Arabia Foundation’s Comment on the Release of Secret Qatar Agreements

Today CNN disclosed three separate secret agreements signed by Qatar and Gulf States in 2013 and 2014. The three agreements were later authenticated by Saudi Arabia, The UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt. Qatar has argued that accepting the 13 demands put...Read More

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The Good, the Bad, and the Paternalistic: A Decade’s Reflections on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is, understandably, called out for its lack of women’s rights. But, constant scrutiny leaves little room for acknowledging advances as well as the significant social and cultural influences that have affected and will continue to affect the pace...Read More

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TIME: How Economic Reform Will Help Women Drive In Saudi Arabia

I recently watched Wonder Woman, and the overall theme of the movie hit home. One quote particularly resonated and reminded me of the battle Saudi women face for our rights…Read More

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Washington Times: The Saudi rebuke of Islamic ‘extremism’

Saudi Arabia has long been accused of financing and encouraging terrorism. The latest proof that the accusation is false was a little noticed event during President Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh. Mr. Trump, Saudi King Salman and more than 50...Read More

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The Washington Post: Scapegoating Saudi Arabia won’t help us fight terrorism

Terrorism is a problem that we all still struggle to understand. That challenge only increases when partisan politics are injected into the mix. This is what happened earlier this month, when President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, provoking the publication of...Read More

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Vision 2030: A Report Card To Date

Vision 2030 was announced just over a year ago. The Vision’s aim: to move Saudi Arabia in a new direction—socially, culturally, institutionally, and of course, economically. Critics said it was too ambitious; optimists rebutted with enthusiasm; and, pragmatists argued that...Read More

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