- Saudi Arabia reputedly used Saudi Arabia's financial heft as leverage to pressure the U.N.
- The U.N. had blacklisted a Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen
- They were later removed -- which prompted angry reactions from human rights groups
Peter Salisbury is the associate follow of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Chatham House in London. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Saudi Arabia's foreign policy has become more and more assertive since King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud ascended to the throne in early 2015.