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Robert Springborg is Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center. He is also Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

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A Saudi political earthquake decapitates the system of princes

07 November, 2017

Comment: King Salman and his son have cut off the head of the princely system, but its body remains entrenched in key governmental agencies, writes Robert Springborg.

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

04 October, 2017

Comment: For democracy to appeal to those who do not live under it, and retain the commitment of those who do, it has to work properly, writes Robert Springborg.

Egypt ignores runaway borrowing at its own peril

12 September, 2017

Comment: Egypt is one of the largest debtors in the world. It must look to history to understand the repercussions of excessive debt, writes Robert Springborg.

The end of American empire, and beginning of what?

18 August, 2017

Comment: As the US' imperial might in the Middle East declines, and Russia and China's stars rise, what does the Middle East's future hold? asks Robert Springborg.

Trump is not the problem, America is

03 August, 2017

Comment: Neither populists like Trump, nor protectors of elitist power are capable of addressing the democratic deficit in America, writes Robert Springborg.

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

23 June, 2017

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing dissatisfaction a Herculean task, writes Robert Springborg.

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

21 June, 2017

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing dissatisfaction a Herculean task, writes Robert Springborg.

1967 to 2017: Arab unity, a fickle beast

09 June, 2017

Comment: Until this sudden fracturing of the GCC, it had appeared that a third phase of inter-Arab cooperation might be about to commence, writes Robert Springborg.

Washington's love-fest with Riyadh comes out into the open

18 May, 2017

Comment: The US-Saudi relationship has always been a fundamental, if understated feature of both countries' foreign policies. But Trump is about to make the implicit, explicit, writes Robert Springborg.

The Washington-Riyadh love-fest finally comes out into the open

17 May, 2017

Comment: The US-Saudi relationship has always been a fundamental, if understated feature of both countries' foreign policies. But Trump is about to make the implicit, explicit, writes Robert Springborg.

Saudi-Egypt relations: Trump the marriage broker?

28 April, 2017

Analysis: To what extent did the US facilitate a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Egypt this week, and who really benefitted from it? asks Robert Springborg.

Uncle Sam of Arabia: Another new Washington military doctrine?

24 January, 2017

Comment: The Middle East is in danger of becoming the Wild West if 'Sheriff' Trump doesn't resist the temptation to send in bands of US special forces, writes Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg
Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg is Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center. He is also Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

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