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Firas Maksad speaks with NPR on the latest Syria developments

The messaging from the White House seems to suggest that the Trump Administration is “walking back” threats to launch an imminent strike against the Assad regime leading some to believe that there is a backchannel effort to find a diplomatic...Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses KSA economic reforms with CNBC

It was important for the crown prince to meet “pillars of the American business community” in technology, energy, and entertainment to help drive reform in the kingdom and open its markets.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses the US-Saudi partnership with Bloomberg

Change in Saudi Arabia under the new crown prince is controversial.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses MbS with Bloomberg Surveillance (14:24 to 21:18)

Traditionally, the House of Saud was ruled by a conservative gerontocracy that kicked many pressing issues down the road in order to avoid upsetting the status quo.Read More

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Ali Shihabi debates MBS reforms on AJE’s Upfront with Mehdi Hasan

Ali Shihabi debated journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) reforms. Both Khashoggi and Shihabi agree that MBS is reformer.Read More

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Ali Shihabi talks to the BBC about MBS’s aims for US visit and Yemen

Saudi Arabia always has to have a close relationship with the US government and the crown prince has worked hard to cultivate a close relationship with the Trump Administration just as his antecedents did with previous presidents.Read More

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Ali Shihabi joins MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss KSA reform under MBS

  In general, there is a meeting of minds between Saudi Arabia and the US on the need to combat […]Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses MBS visit to US on CNNi’s Quest Means Business

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit will focus on telling America’s leading companies that Saudi Arabia is “open for business.”Read More

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NPR: Ali Shihabi & Bernard Haykel on US perceptions of KSA

Despite an alliance spanning seventy-five years, most Americans have an unfavorable view of Saudi Arabia.Read More

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Ali Shihabi speaks to BBC News Hour about MBS’s track record to date

For the last fifty years, the Kingdom’s rulers have kicked a lot of pressing issues down the road.Read More

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