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

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Can Saudi Arabia's fanciful climate plan actually work?

20 April, 2021

Comment: Saudi Arabia's ability to comply with its own green goals may remain elusive, but its rhetorical commitment to renewable energy is already a step forward, writes Courtney Freer.

Evolving notions of citizenship in UAE and the Gulf

10 February, 2021

Comment: UAE's plan to expand citizenship reflects a nation keen to shore up its assets while protecting access to this traditionally exclusive status, writes Courtney Freer.

A Saudi-Israeli rapprochement?

03 December, 2020

Comment: Courtney Freer appraises the prospects of a Saudi-Israel normalisation deal, or a resolution to the GCC crisis in the last days of the Trump administration.

Understanding the Saudi, Emirati 'excommunication' of the Muslim Brotherhood

24 November, 2020

Comment: Behind the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a 'terrorist, rebellious' group by Saudi and Emirati religious authorities lies a bid to delegitimise the group, writes Courtney Freer

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.

Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer

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

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