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Faisal J. Abbas

Faisal J. Abbas is the editor in chief of Arab News

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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Houthis can no longer get away with playing the victim

Yet again, the Houthi militias aimed their missiles at Riyadh; and yet again, their cowardly attack, aimed deliberately at seven million civilians, was successfully intercepted by Saudi air defense forces. 

March 26, 2018

MBS, Trump and ‘The Art of the Deal’

It might have been an unusually cold, rainy afternoon in Washington, but inside the White House a very warm meeting took place between President Donald J. Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

March 21, 2018

Why Tillerson wasn’t the secretary of state Trump needed 

President Trump’s decision to let Rex Tillerson go came as no surprise to anyone; in fact, perhaps the only surprise was that the decision took this long. 

March 14, 2018

The impression in London? MBS means business

You can always count on the British to be skeptical; and before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s landmark visit to London, there was no shortage of skepticism about the seriousness of the Saudi reform plans.

March 10, 2018

A Saudi charm offensive in Davos?

This year, Davosians were finally able to sample the massive changes that have been taking place in Saudi Arabia.

January 24, 2018

Rome’s Mediterranean Dialogues left many questions unanswered

The 3rd edition of the 2017 Mediterranean Dialogues (MED), organized in Rome annually, was inaugurated with a truly mesmerizing video around the theme “Beyond turmoil, a positive agenda.” The short film opens with beautiful shots of the Mediterranean; powerful music in the background begins to pl

December 02, 2017

The Saudi-Israeli relationship status remains unchanged

There has been no shortage of speculation, assumptions and even fake news recently about the status of Saudi Arabia’s relationship with Israel. This has been fueled by a number of factors, most notably the drama of the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

November 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s changes are positive, but the way they are portrayed is not 

Saudi Arabia always had a communication problem. While one has to admit that in the past two years there has been unmatched international media access to the country, many Saudi officials do not yet understand the basic PR lesson that if we don’t tell our story, someone else will.

November 21, 2017

Hariri needs protection from Hezbollah, not Saudi Arabia

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri emerged as an honest, caring and true statesman in his recent television interview, in which he dismissed rumors about his resignation and his stay in Saudi Arabia. 

November 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia: Damned if it acts against corruption, damned if it doesn’t

Recent events in Saudi Arabia have certainly shown how astonishingly imaginative — and incredibly misinformed — some self-proclaimed “experts” who appear in international media outlets can be.

November 07, 2017