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The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation) - 15 Apr 2018

The Middle East and Pax Saudiana

Saudi Arabia has recently sent a significant signal concerning the establishment of a ‘New Middle East’, perfectly in line with all our anticipations for this world region. Let’s take a look at this move.

At the beginning of March, Mohammed Ben Salman (aka MBS) visited Egypt as part of his first official visit abroad since his appointment as Crown Prince of the Kingdom last June[1]. As everyone knows, the Governor Al-Sisi’s Egypt is a Saudi protectorate. Moreover, the instructions given by the Egyptian presidency allowed MBS to be welcomed in Cairo with banners like ‘Welcome to your second country’. It couldn’t have been more obvious.

During this visit, two important events occurred:

  • The future king of Saudi Arabia went to see the Pope of Alexandria[2], head of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church, sending a strong message to pro-Saudi terrorist groups that the persecution of Christians in Egypt and in the East is no longer the will of Saudi Arabia. Thus, the latter officially recognises the multiconfessional history[3] of this world region over which, in the same move, it somehow takes official control.

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