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

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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.

Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

11 May, 2020

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, writes Courtney Freer.

How MbS enraged a tribe and created a martyr

23 April, 2020

Comment: The displacement of a tribe in Saudi Arabia to pave the way for a future megacity signifies the crown prince's drive for control over tribal forces, writes Courtney Freer.

Saudi Arabia's record-shattering executions are mass murder

21 April, 2020

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent execution spree makes the regime deadlier than ever, but don't expect Trump to hear any criticism from Trump, writes Courtney Freer.

Saudi oil price war relents, but uncertain future awaits

15 April, 2020

Comment: Losses in Saudi Arabia's efforts to diversify have cast doubt on the future of Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious megaprojects, writes Courtney Freer.

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.

Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer

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

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