Saudi Arabia


Saudi Activist Rejects Release Deal

Prominent Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul rejected a deal for her release.  The deal required the women’s rights campaigner to deny being tortured whilst in detention.  Al-Hathloul was arrested last May along with ten other activists as part of a government crackdown on critics.  They were charged with breaking cybercrime laws, […]


U.A.E.-Backed Yemeni Separatists Seize Aden, Driving Out Saudi-Backed Hadi Government

In the week of 7 August, the Yemeni separatist group Southern Transitional Council seized Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen. This event occurred following four days of fighting with Yemeni governmental forces, threatening a rift between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, backers of the STC and the Yemeni […]


Intensifying Tensions In Yemen: A Civil War Within A Civil War

The internationally recognized government of Yemen has acknowledged defeat in the port city of Aden. According to SBS, the clashes left around 40 people dead and threaten to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Subsequently, the Saudi Arabian led coalition fighting in Yemen has requested an immediate ceasefire, they called […]


The New Sudanese Transitional Agreement Warrants Healthy Scepticism 1

Hopes of a transition to civilian rule in Sudan were revitalized earlier this month with a new power sharing agreement finalized between the Transitional Military Council and Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change.  The power sharing agreement is the result of an ongoing dispute between transitional military council figures and […]


Senate Fails To Override Trump’s Veto Of Saudi Arms Sales Bills

On Monday, July 29, the United States Senate failed to override three of Trump’s vetoes of Saudi arms sales legislation. The bipartisan coalition supporting the regulation of arms sales needed a two-thirds majority to overturn the vetoes, but they fell short with votes of 45-40, 45-39, and 46-41. Politico reports […]


Iran Seizes Third Oil Tanker In A Month

Iran seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf claiming it was smuggling fuel to Arab states. According to Iranian news agency ISNA, the vessel was intercepted Wednesday night by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s 2nd Marine Corps. Iran’s state media Press TV reported that the vessel had seven crew […]


U.S. To Deploy Troops To Saudi Arabia Among High Tensions In The Gulf

The United States has authorized the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia among high tensions in the Gulf. According to Al Jazeera, the Pentagon has stated that the move would provide an additional deterrent in the face of emergent, credible threats in the region. The decision was prompted by increased […]


UK Suspends Arms Exports To Saudi Arabia: Australia to Follow?

On June 21st, the British government’s transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia was deemed unlawful by the UK Court of Appeal. The transfer was deemed unlawful as a result of neglect on the government’s behalf to assess the past conduct of the recipient of the export, in particular Saudi Arabia’s […]