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    1. The World

      April 29, 2015

      Understanding the Saudi king's succession bombshell

      Over the past few weeks I’ve asked several western officials whether Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen signalled...

    2. April 29, 2015

      Saudi Arabia replaces crown prince in sweeping shake-up

      Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has announced a sweeping shake-up that paves the way for a new...

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    1. Education in the Arab World

      Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
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    1. The Exchange

      March 18, 2015

      Salman should take new path on Iran

      Saudi Arabia’s new leader King Salman bin Abdulaziz is rapidly re-energising his country’s stagnant foreign policy with...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      February 6, 2015

      Jordan's anger

      Jordanian protesters hold up pictures of the country’s King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as they chant...

    3. January 29, 2015

      The west must tell some hard truths to the Saudis

      When the head of state of a friendly nation dies, it is customary for political leaders to respond with gestures of...

    4. January 29, 2015

      King Salman’s challenge: balance reform and stability in Saudi Arabia

      For many outside Saudi Arabia, the death of King Abdullah last week was almost overshadowed by another event in the...

    5. January 27, 2015

      Obama rekindles relations with conservative Saudi Arabia

      Nearly four years after the outbreak of the Arab Spring protests, President Barack Obama cut short an overseas trip on...

    6. January 25, 2015

      In succession drama, Saudis prize stability above all else

      When the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was taken to hospital in December, the rumour mill began churning...

    7. January 25, 2015

      Saudi Arabia: Threat from Isis will only grow

      On the surface, the political transition in Saudi Arabia following the death of the much-revered King Abdullah has...

    8. January 24, 2015

      World leaders pay respects to the late Saudi king

      World leaders are congregating in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,...

    9. The World

      January 24, 2015

      Real world intrudes on Davos

      Holding the World Economic Forum in a ski resort in the Alps sounds like an eccentric decision. In fact, the choice of...

    10. January 23, 2015

      New Saudi king faces immense challenges

      The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the age of 91 could hardly be described as unexpected. But this should...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      January 23, 2015

      Burying King Abdullah

      Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi King Abdullah following his burial in Riyadh. Saudi King Salman pledged on...

    12. January 23, 2015

      Davos 2015: Spectre of Isis haunts Middle East debate

      There was something symbolic about the warmth of the reception afforded to Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the...

    13. January 23, 2015

      New generation sets Saudi throne in line for historic shift

      Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s new king, moved swiftly to end speculation about future succession on...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      January 23, 2015

      Davos 2015

      A message announcing the cancellation of the appearance of King Abdullah of Jordan is displayed following the death of...

    15. January 23, 2015

      King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Saudi Arabian ruler, 1923-2015

      Saudi King slideshow A cautious reformer whose ascent to the throne helped restore some popular legitimacy to the...

    16. FT Alphaville

      January 23, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, elevating Crown Prince Salman to the...

    17. January 23, 2015

      Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bids to reassure markets

      Saudi king dies Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman moved quickly to reassure markets and allies by pledging to continue...

    18. January 7, 2015

      Q&A: The Saudi succession

      Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, king of Saudi Arabia for a decade and de facto ruler for almost 20 years, is in...

    19. December 31, 2014

      Saudi King Abdullah taken to hospital for tests

      Saudi stocks fell sharply on Wednesday on news that the country’s ruler, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, had been taken to...

    20. November 20, 2014

      Jordan $15bn gas deal under threat amid conflict

      A proposal for Jordan to buy $15bn of natural gas from Israel is facing strong opposition in the kingdom because of the...

    21. October 5, 2014

      Jordan tackles homegrown Islamists as it joins attacks on Isis

      The bearded man stood in a cage at Amman’s state security court, accused of posting messages and videos sympathetic to...

    22. August 7, 2014

      Saudis have lost the right to take Sunni leadership

      When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the jihadi leader whose blackshirts over-ran swaths of northern and central Iraq in June,...

    23. July 3, 2014

      Saudi Arabia sends 30,000 troops to Iraq border

      Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, as tribal leaders within the war-torn country reported...

    24. June 29, 2014

      Isis support grows in restive Jordanian town

      About 100 people, mostly young men and boys, have gathered outside the main mosque in Ma’an, a restive city in southern...

    25. June 3, 2014

      Saudi Arabia calls on region to assist Egypt

      Saudi Arabia has called for a donor conference to assist Egypt as the Gulf’s Arab superpower seeks to muster regional...

    26. March 28, 2014

      Barack Obama meets King Abdullah in drive to mend relations

      President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday in Riyadh in an effort to mend a relationship that...

    27. March 23, 2014

      Time for frank US talk with Saudis

      When President Barack Obama meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week, there are likely to be sharp exchanges...

    28. January 12, 2014

      The Johnny-come-latelies of geopolitics

      Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf By Miriam Cooke (University of California Press, £19.95, $29.95)...

    29. January 5, 2014

      John Kerry offers support for Iraq but no US troops on the ground

      US secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday pledged Washington’s support – but no ground troops – to help Iraq...

    30. The A-List

      November 18, 2013

      Time for Obama to deploy his cunning in the MidEast

      Sadly, the political correctness that has swept western societies has smothered an appreciation of the virtues of...

    31. November 6, 2013

      Jordan’s digital green shoots

      In January, Judy Samakie and her brother Karim took a bus out of war-ravaged Aleppo in Syria to the Lebanese border and...

    32. beyondbrics

      November 4, 2013

      Guest post: Egypt's economy, propped up but struggling

      By Anthony Skinner of Maplecroft The Egyptian economy is being propped up by loans, grants, direct deposits and fuel...

    33. October 27, 2013

      Islamic finance takes centre stage in City

      The City of London will this week set out its credentials as a centre for Islamic finance when politicians, investors...

    34. October 20, 2013

      Saudi Arabia’s women graduates hit ‘walls of tradition’

      In 2011, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced the inauguration of the world’s largest women-only university,...

    35. beyondbrics

      October 10, 2013

      The cost of a revolution: $800bn

      It'll cost you Commenting on the Russian revolution, Joseph Stalin is alleged to have said, “You can’t make an omelette...

    36. July 29, 2013

      Saudi Arabia awards $22.5bn Riyadh metro contracts

      Saudi Arabia has awarded three foreign-led consortiums contracts worth $22.5bn to build a metro system in Riyadh, said...

    37. July 12, 2013

      Egypt’s unravelling threatens the democratic experiment

      To the surprise of the rebellious youth of Tahrir Square, Egypt’s military issued a constitutional declaration this...

    38. June 25, 2013

      Qatar shows how to manage a modern monarchy

      The Emir of Qatar’s decision to abdicate voluntarily in favour of his 33-year-old son may well be a first in Arab...

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