Middle East

November, 2020

  • 30 November

    What is Behind Saudi Arabia’s Rapprochement with Turkey?

    Biden will not be so friendly to MBS and will be pressured by those more sensitive to human rights on his foreign policy team to contain Saudi endeavors in the region. For this reason, Riyadh has once again turned to Ankara in hopes that Turkey will balance the playing field.

June, 2020

  • 24 June

    Hajj Cancellation Due to a Pandemic is Not the First Time

    There are many instances in the more than 1,400-year history of the pilgrimage when its planning had to be altered due to armed conflicts, disease or just plain politics.

May, 2020

  • 18 May

    US Military Drawdown in Saudi Arabia Threatens to Fuel Arms Race

    The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Patriot anti-missile defense batteries from Saudi Arabia is likely to fuel an already brewing arms race as the kingdom attempts to catch-up with Iran’s nuclear development as well as its space, ballistic missile, and drone capabilities.

January, 2020

  • 30 January

    Trump Middle East Peace Plan – Terms of Surrender for the Palestinians?

    Should this plan become, like so many of its predecessors, a political football on both sides of the ocean, the people who make their homes and live their lives on politicians’ playing fields will lose.

  • 6 January

    Trump Fast Forwarded Pullout From Iraq?

    The US hostilities are likely to not only derail the Afghan peace process but also, possibly turn western Afghanistan into another battleground for the US-Iran proxy war.

October, 2019

  • 28 October

    Baghdadi’s Death is a Huge Blow to Islamic State, But What Next?

    IS will be set back for many months, and perhaps even years. It will struggle to regain the momentum it had under Baghdadi's leadership.

September, 2019

  • 3 September

    Why Increasing Arab-Israeli Closeness Matters

    With the opening of a synagogue in Dubai and warmer relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, some Arab states suddenly appear to be more open to friendship with Israel and Jews. Why?

June, 2019

  • 8 June

    View from Europe: Washington’s Illusory Plan for Israel-Palestine

    The United States is set to propose an economic plan for Israel-Palestine, spearheaded by Jared Kushner, on 25 and 26 June in Bahrain, where Gulf Arab states will discuss the troubled Palestinian economy.

May, 2018

  • 7 May

    Oman: Between Iran And A Hard Place

    Oman has historically been careful to balance its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, allowing it to play a useful role mediating regional disputes. However, as the region’s anti-Iran rhetoric is ramping up and the Sultanate is having to deal with its own domestic issues, neutrality is becoming harder to maintain.

April, 2018

  • 22 April

    An Emerging Turkey-Russia-Iran Alliance Can Reshape ME

    The unusual triple alliance coming out of Syria could change the regional balance of power and unhinge NATO — if it holds together at all.