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Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer is a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics and a research officer for the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Saudi Arabia is open for business, not political activism

29 November, 2019

Comment: More arrests in Saudi Arabia signal that the crown prince only has eyes for an economic agenda, as political space continues to tighten, writes Courtney Freer.

Aramco IPO: Unanswered questions could undermine MbS' vision

13 November, 2019

Comment: The fate of the Aramco IPO could have huge political implications for the young crown prince's future, writes Courtney Freer.

Davos in the Desert: Business as usual

29 October, 2019

Comment: Outrage over Jamal Khashoggi's killing has given way to a desire to put profits before politics, writes Courtney Freer.

How Saudi Aramco is powering the global climate crisis

14 October, 2019

Comment: Despite its green pledges, Saudi Arabia is extracting more oil than ever before, writes Courtney Freer.

A year after Khashoggi: Clarity but no accountability

30 September, 2019

Comment: Despite everything we have learned about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, it seems to matter painfully little, writes Courtney Freer.

Aramco attacks expose Saudi vulnerability and shaky GCC security

18 September, 2019

Comment: With the GCC in tatters, individual member states are feeling anxious about the lack of a regional support system and an unpredictable US president, writes Courtney Freer.

What the newly released CIA Khashoggi documents tell us

28 August, 2019

Comment: The documents being released provide new insights into the White House's handling of the murder, as well as details on MbS' relationship with Khashoggi, writes Courtney Freer.

With Trump, Riyadh no longer needs to outsource lobbying

07 August, 2019

Comment: closure of pro-Saudi Washington think-tank Arabia Foundation show there is little need for such institutions when personal relationships are the best means of swaying US policy, writes Courtney Freer.

Trump and Congress face off over Saudi ties

11 December, 2018

Comment: The war in Yemen and Khashoggi's murder expose the rift between Trump and Congress on US relations with Saudi Arabia, writes Courtney Freer.

Khashoggi's disappearance: A new twist in bitter GCC battle

08 October, 2018

Comment: The alleged murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey will only serve to further entrench both sides of the acrimonious Gulf crisis, writes Courtney Freer.

Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia casts sinister net wider than ever

05 October, 2018

Comment: That Saudi authorities would risk detaining Khashoggi in Turkey - a country with which it already tenuous ties - signals just how important Khashoggi is, writes Courtney Freer.

What's behind the stalled Saudi Aramco IPO?

27 August, 2018

Comment: The IPO would have meant increased international scrutiny, and with other funding sources emerging, Saudi Arabia can afford to sidestep it a while longer, writes Courtney Freer.

Courtney Freer
Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer is a senior advisor at Gulf State Analytics and a research officer for the Kuwait Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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