Items by Stephen Kalin
- October 14, 2019 Stephen Kalin
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in over a decade, seeking to capitalise on growing influence borne of military advances in Syria, strong ties with regional rivals and cooperation on energy policy. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending...
- December 16, 2018 Stephen Kalin
Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world’s most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil. Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Diriyah district for Formula E, a motor...