Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy at The Washington Institute, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf.
Articles & Testimony
Whatever the summit's outcome, perhaps the most important question for the Arab League's future is when dynamic and confrontational young leaders like MbS will fully take the reins.
When did you last pay attention to an Arab summit? It was either a long time ago or, more likely, never. But this year's summit, being hosted by Saudi Arabia on Sunday, probably will be worth keeping an eye on. A lot is happening in the Middle East and the event could well be consequential. Here is a rough guide to discerning the substance from the official razzmatazz, starting with main indicator of how to judge its importance—who shows up...