Saudi Arabia is on track to host the football World Cup in 2034, raising concern among human rights campaigners.
Missiles from rebel Yemeni groups risk widening the Middle East conflict. But the motivation behind the attacks could be more about self-interest.
A decade of de-escalation among Gulf states could be at risk if Israel-Hamas violence spills across region. And that could threaten Saudi plans to transform the kingdom.
The current war in Gaza is an argument in favour of a multipolar world, one in which the U.S. has less influence and other powers can act as countervailing forces.
An initial squeeze on demand for Russian oil due to western sanctions was temporary but the country’s oil industry might have bigger problems.
Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine reprised the risks of energy weaponization, but the oil landscape today and energy security itself are changing.
Is the much-heralded Israel-Saudi peace deal now dead? And how is Iran likely to respond? An expert in Middle Eastern politics explains
Rarely has been the prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians seem so remote.
The new market has helped some Premier League clubs to balance their books.
A scholar who has closely followed reforms that MBS has made to Wahhabism, an austere form of Islam, explains the changes taking place in the Saudi kingdom and their impact.
Money talks, and sportswashing often works. Some of football’s biggest names now call the Saudi Pro League home.
The Sudanese state today betrays its history as a plunder state on the margins of the global order.
Ukraine was able to advance its plan for peace with an audience including China and other Brics nations.
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible argues that very little is known about the location of Mount Sinai, and it is likely that it was once part of a foundational legend.
A religion scholar argues that the communal nature of Islamic pilgrimage helps worshippers go through a physically demanding schedule and creates camaraderie that continues beyond the pilgrimage.
Prince Mohammad bin Salman is trying to rebrand the kingdom in the model of Qatar and the UAE – two states with human rights issues that have become part of the global order.
Millions of men, women and children are converging on Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage, a return to pre-pandemic numbers.
The US administration said that it had received ‘written assurances’ from Ukraine that it would use cluster bombs carefully. Nonetheless, the munition will provide an additional risk to civilians.
The Saudi government is using digital technology to help the hajj run smoothly and safely – the latest updates in a 200-year history of technology and the hajj.
So much international trade happens in dollars that it would be very difficult to turn the tide against the currency any time soon.