Saudi Arabia

Iraqi militias and the Aramco attack in Saudi Arabia
Iraqi militias and the Aramco attack in Saudi Arabia

Despite the warmongering rhetoric following Aramco attacks, Iraq's Prime Minister remains committed to preserving Iraq’s neutrality. Will the shield of the Iraqi security forces suffice to keep the various PMF factions in line and out of trouble?

Saudi Arabia and 1979
Saudi Arabia and 1979

Saudis, who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, only need to ask their parents and grandparents what another Saudi Arabia may look like. Forty years after 1979, our generation can finally influence the course of the country.

A view of the skyline in Doha, Qatar's capital.
Other Lessons of the Qatar Crisis

If Saudi Arabia and its allies can’t get their recalcitrant neighbour to budge, does that mean Qatar won the blockade crisis? It’s a tempting conclusion, but the reality of interconnectedness in the Gulf paints a different picture.

»Unsere Kultur ist doch auch nur von Menschen geschaffen«
Saad Albazei on Reforms in Saudi Arabia

Saudi intellectual Saad Albazei is sympathetic to the Crown Prince's reforms and their effects on national identity and advocates for Saudi Arabia to embark on a path to change on its own terms.

Yemeni Soldiers. The war in Yemen is seen by some as a war between Saudi Arabia and proxies of Iran.
The Sparring of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting for supremacy in the Middle East. At least most European media outlets constitute this narrative. But is this really the true situation?

Traffic in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. From next year, women will be allowed to drive.
Life in the Kingdom of Men

An interview with Manal Al-Sharif, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for daring to defie the kingdom’s edicts against female drivers, forcing her to flee the country of her birth.

A man and girl feed pigeons in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
History and the Qatar Diplomatic Crisis

Rooted in history, the war of words that has erupted in the Gulf between Qatar and its neighbours is an intensely personal affair for the Gulf ruling families, writes Geoffrey Martin.

The Al Jazeera newsroom in Doha.
Al Jazeera and Arab Journalism

Despite obvious biases in Al Jazeera’s programming, the broadcaster has been a lone critical voice in the Arab media for the past 20 years. That has to be respected, writes Hana Al-Khamri.