Manuel Almeida, PhD, is a visiting fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his research focuses on social contract in the Arab state and its impact on governance and sustainable development. He is also partner at Firma, covering emerging markets and geopolitical risk. Twitter: @_ManuelAlmeida
King Salman meets Russian realism
Five decades of broken diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union (1938-1992) offer some perspective into the significance of King Salman’s expected visit to Moscow next week, the first ever by a Saudi monarch.
The search for a new regional order
The Arab Gulf countries searching for their ally, their ally in search of itself, and everyone searching for a new regional order, is a way to define US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.