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

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G20: World leaders will attend, but Riyadh shouldn't rejoice

20 November, 2020

Comment: Despite calls for boycotting the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this year, the world will send representatives. But this is not a favour to Riyadh, explains Courtney Freer

Will Kuwait's new emir continue to play Gulf mediator?

07 October, 2020

Comment: Under Sheikh Sabah, Kuwait cemented its position as an mediating power in the region. His successor is likely to continue that legacy, writes Courtney Freer.

Concerns over transparency shroud Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions

29 September, 2020

Comment: Unless Saudi Arabia submits to proper IAEA inspections, its nuclear ambitions will be viewed with distrust and scepticism by the international community, writes Courtney Freer.

Saudi Arabia's Khashoggi verdict makes a mockery of justice

13 September, 2020

Comment: A verdict commuting the sentences of those involved in Khashoggi's murder exposes Saudi Arabia's disinterest in justice and must push the world to uphold accountability, argues Courtney Freer.

Under anti-corruption guise, Saudi crown prince targets royal rivals

07 September, 2020

Comment: The arrest of two Saudi princes reflects Mohammed bin Salman's power to increase central control over the defence sector, despite family ties, writes Courtney Freer.

Will Saudi follow suit and normalise relations with Israel?

25 August, 2020

Comment: Saudi Arabia may normalise relations with Israel eventually, but it has different, more complex set of considerations to the UAE, writes Courtney Freer.

MbS' Khashoggi-style plot against exiled rival, Saad al-Jabri

14 August, 2020

Comment: The lawsuit will have implications for the US intelligence apparatus, and under a potential Biden presidency could even shape US policy towards Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

A calculating, paranoid MbS waits in the wings

24 July, 2020

Comment: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has done everything to ensure a smooth ascension to the throne. It's not a question of if, but when, writes Courtney Freer.

UK imposes sanctions, then praises ties with Saudi Arabia

10 July, 2020

Comment: In a weak attempt at justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the UK imposed sanctions, but then apparently apologised and returned to negotiating arms exports with Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

05 June, 2020

Comment: The more the GCC rift spreads, the more difficult it will be to negotiate or to change the status quo, writes Courtney Freer.

Stalled Newcastle bid exposes limits of Saudi money

28 May, 2020

Comment: The WTO's objection to Mohammed bin Salman's Newcastle United deal won't fix Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but it's a step in the right direction, writes Courtney Freer.

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

15 May, 2020

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its grandiose Vision 2030 looks uncertain, writes Courtney Freer.

Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer

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

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