Articles & Commentary
Commentary By MEPC Experts
It is with profound sadness that the Middle East Policy Council announces the sudden passing from a stroke of our president, the Hon. Ford M. Fraker, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, over the Labor Day weekend.
The last few days have seen important and potentially defining developments in Saudi Arabia. Traditionally cautious and conservative in the areas of domestic social, political, and economic reform, the Saudi leadership has undertaken dramatic steps to address each of those areas.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation has caught people in Lebanon and the broader region largely by surprise. Mr. Hariri cited fear for his personal safety as the main reason, pointing the finger at Iran and its ally Hezbollah as destabilizing elements in his country.