January 26, 2015

Saudi Succession Raises Questions For ISIS Fight

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Huffington Post

Journalist Akbar Shahid Ahmed

WASHINGTON -- As power in Saudi Arabia shifted to a new monarch, King Salman, the Obama administration's praise of both Salman and his predecessor stood as a clear answer about whether the kingdom may become less important for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Salman's announcement that he would stick to the course that the late King Abdullah had charted appeared to seal the deal.

Still, even if the change afoot inside the secretive kingdom is limited, it merits close attention in Washington circles because it may affect the latest U.S. priority in region: the fight against the Islamic State.

Read the full article at Huffington Post.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...