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Dr Courtney Freer is a research fellow at LSE's Middle East Centre.

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Saudi-Russia oil price deal a test of US leverage

06 April, 2020

Comment: Much is at stake for Trump's domestic and international reputation in brokering the global energy pricing war, writes Courtney Freer.

Coronavirus gives GCC markets a glimpse of post-oil reality

24 March, 2020

Comment: The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the extent to which energy producers are vulnerable to the decline in global energy markets, writes Courtney Freer.

MbS has a problem his royal purge can't solve

12 March, 2020

Comment: The crown prince's second royal purge consolidates power within the kingdom, but won't protect him from plunging oil prices and a vulnerable economy, writes Courtney Freer.

Gulf leaders can't ignore public opposition to Trump's deal

05 February, 2020

Comment: Those Gulf states that support normalising ties with Israel are facing opposition from the public's staunch support for Palestinians, writes Courtney Freer.

Don't expect White House reproach over Bezos phone hack

30 January, 2020

Comment: Even if a US investigation concludes Saudi Arabia hacked the phones of Bezos and a US journalist, it's unlikely to rattle US-Saudi relations, writes Courtney Freer.

Foreign assets? Saudi Arabia introduces golden visas for expats

11 December, 2019

Comment: Under Saudi Arabia's new visa scheme, expatriates are increasingly being seen as assets, writes Courtney Freer.

Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

29 November, 2019

Comment: More arrests in Saudi Arabia signal that the crown prince only has eyes for an economic agenda, as political space continues to tighten, writes Courtney Freer.

Aramco IPO: Unanswered questions could undermine MbS' vision

13 November, 2019

Comment: The fate of the Aramco IPO could have huge political implications for the young crown prince's future, writes Courtney Freer.

Davos in the Desert: Business as usual

29 October, 2019

Comment: Outrage over Jamal Khashoggi's killing has given way to a desire to put profits before politics, writes Courtney Freer.

How Saudi Aramco is powering the global climate crisis

14 October, 2019

Comment: Despite its green pledges, Saudi Arabia is extracting more oil than ever before, writes Courtney Freer.

A year after Khashoggi: Clarity but no accountability

30 September, 2019

Comment: Despite everything we have learned about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, it seems to matter painfully little, writes Courtney Freer.

Aramco attacks expose Saudi vulnerability and shaky GCC security

18 September, 2019

Comment: With the GCC in tatters, individual member states are feeling anxious about the lack of a regional support system and an unpredictable US president, writes Courtney Freer.

Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer is a research fellow at LSE's Middle East Centre.

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