Tariq Al-Homayed
Saudi journalist and writer, and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

What Will the Next Türkiye Look Like?

Today, the citizens of Türkiye will vote in the second round of the presidential election. Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the strong favorite, meaning that the region has to deal with a third decade of Erdogan, who is now 69 years old. Now, the question is which Erdogan will we…

The Jeddah Summit and Restoring the Glow

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia succeeded in restoring the glow of the Arab summits, not in terms of Arab attention, but by imposing itself on global news through stances, and not necessarily decisions. Amid a tumultuous international scene represented by the war in Ukraine, and in the Arab world, by…

So, Saudi Arabia Is Right

The reestablishment of Saudi-Iranian ties through China’s mediation sparked a wave of criticism and speculation in the US over Beijing’s role and whether it can act as a viable ally to Riyadh. Soon after however, a senior White House official announced that a meeting was held between Americans and…

Washington… What about the People?

Not a day passes without an article about our region and President Biden’s administration dealing with it, strategically and tactically, whether in American newspapers or research center reports. Most of these stories focus on the revival of Saudi-Iranian relations through Chinese mediation,…

Iran and the Tightrope

The simmering crisis over Iran's nuclear program is threatening to reignite after Britain, France and Germany warned Tehran they would trigger a return of UN sanctions against it if it enriched uranium to the optimal level for a nuclear weapon. The announcement was made in a Reuters political…

Who Was Sudan’s Siwar Al-Dahab?

Commenting on my previous article, “The Lesson from Sudan,” someone intelligent asked me: Could Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Sudan’s Army Commander, become Field Marshal Siwar al-Dahab 2.0? And then he added: the Siwar al-Dahab who was a man of action, not an idealist, and Burhan…

The Lesson from Sudan

Three weeks into the war between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, it is clear that Sudan is the only loser, as there are no real signs of an imminent political solution to resolve this crisis, in which five armistice agreements have already been broken. Despite the scale of the…

…And Now Sudan!

It seems that our region is terrified of peace and charmed by wars. It is as though the lines of this poem by Al-Ahmeer Al-Saeedi chart its course: “The wolf howled, and when the wolf howls, I am put at ease The sound of man almost puts me in flight God sees that I despise the…

A Stand with Naivety

A new movement has been gaining steam since the China-brokered agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran concluded. This boisterous movement has struck iron with iron, as "funding" has been halted, beneficiaries have been identified, and obsolete tools have been destroyed or suspended. They will be…

Militias and Political Naivety

As typically happens when Israel gets condemned internationally for its violations against the rights of the Palestinians or assaults on their holy sites, the militias of our region make the politically naive decisions to intervene and flip the situation on its head. The actions of these…