Bruce Riedel

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (front seat) arrives to greet US President Donald Trump for his address to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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Saudi king shows no signs of slowing aggressive foreign policy

Sunday, Jul. 9, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Saudi Arabia has overextended itself militarily and economically and it would behoove it to return to a more traditional approach in its foreign policy.

The long-term cost of Saudi succession shake-up

Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

The king of Saudi Arabia has replaced his successor with his favorite son Mohammed bin Salman in a move that was not entirely unexpected, but perhaps poorly timed for Saudi stability.

Influence-rich Saudis blow through Sunni unity

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Just a month after hosting the US president and the leaders of dozens of Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia apparently cares more about putting Qatar in its place than maintaining the alliance it built.

In wake of Trump visit, Saudi-led Sunni bloc already splintering

Tuesday, May. 30, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Less than two weeks after Trump's summit in Saudi Arabia, "Arab NATO" is showing signs of division due to fears of widening the regional political divide and doubts over Washington's reliability.

Saudis trumpet Trump

Sunday, May. 21, 2017 | Bruce Riedel, Columnist

Saudi Arabia gives US President Donald Trump the fully rolled out red carpet treatment in hopes of getting heightened US action against Iran.

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Bruce Riedel is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Gulf Pulse. He is the director of the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution. His new book "Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR," will be published later this year.

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