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Arab Gulf States

GCC Countries Score High In 'Quality Of Life' Survey

James Zogby | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

Citizens in several of the Arab Gulf states appear to have a higher appreciation for the quality of life available to them in their countries than do citizens in most European countries.

Responding to the Challenge of Russia in Syria

James Zogby | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

No one should have been surprised that Russia committed their military to the task of saving their ally in Syria from defeat. And no one should now be surprised if Saudi Arabia steps up its support for the Syrian opposition; or if the opposition attacks Russian forces in Syria.

GCC Business Leaders Remain Confident in the Face of Regional Challenges

James Zogby | Posted 05.30.2016 | Business
James Zogby

The success of the economies of these countries is not only important for their own people, but for the millions of expatriates who work there, sometimes under difficult circumstances, and who annually send $50 billion to their home countries -- making this region the largest source of remittances in the world.

Tell the Rich Persian Gulf States to 'Go Fish'

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of negotiating with Iran, Israel and the Gulf States would have preferred the US to have conducted air strikes on that country, even if those strikes would have only temporarily set back Iran's nuclear program. The real interest in these regional rivals is to weaken Iran in any way possible.

If the US Wants Arabs as Partners, We Must Treat Them As Such

James Zogby | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

If we play it right and if we listen carefully to what our Arab partners are saying to us, the Iran deal can open the door to constructive discussions with allied Arab leaders that will enhance the prospects of peace and stability across the region. My concerns are not with the deal itself, but with how it was done.

Syria: The Way Forward, Without Illusions

James Zogby | Posted 03.12.2015 | Home
James Zogby

It should be clear after four bloody years in Syria that if we are to make any progress moving forward, it is necessary to shed illusions and fantasies that have shaped too much of the discussion about the conflict.

First Nuclear Deal: P5+1 and IAEA

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

This deal raises the question as to whether it can truly be viewed as a deal as good as both sides project it to be. Who actually comes out of this deal as a winner? And is there a loser?

Islamic Republic of Iran: Buying Time or Serious Nuclear Talks With US, IAEA, and P5+1?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Considering Iran's current nuclear capabilities and their level of uranium refinement, would putting emphasis on intensified multilateral and bilateral talks be an effective approach? Iran's current nuclear status and its shift in the last few months should be examined closely.

Cutting Aid Hurts U.S. More than Egypt

Allan Topol | Posted 12.23.2013 | Home
Allan Topol

By losing our influence with Cairo, the United States is on a path to becoming marginalized in this critical part of the world. Leaders in other American allies, including Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are frustrated by Washington's unwillingness to assist itself in the Middle East.

Iran's Freefall

James Zogby | Posted 09.29.2011 | Home
James Zogby

It was once believed that it was only Arab governments that feared Iran's push for hegemony, while Arab public opinion viewed Iran quite differently. Our polling demonstrates that while that might have been true in 2006 and 2008, by 2011 this is no longer the case.

Gulf Arab States: Hunker Down or Seize the Opportunity?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 08.27.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Below the surface, things may not be as quiet as these governments like to believe. In the Arab Gulf states, the core demands of their citizens who protested earlier in the year have so far not been met.

Just a Century Ago, a Woman Ruled in the Gulf

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

In no other region of the world does the tired old cliché that "behind every great man is a great woman" hold more true than in the Middle East. And ...

The Role of Public Intellectuals in the Gulf Arab States

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Public intellectuals reflect the conscience of society and should not be regarded as a threat, but as part and parcel of the community. More often than not, they are concerned with the advancement of society.

Pan-Arab TV: Big on Audience, Lop-Sided on Advertising

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab TV viewers enjoy more free satellite channels than their counterparts in developed countries. Still, FTA channels suffer from low advertising revenues.

Northwestern's Qatar Campus

Chicago Tribune | Liz Sly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On a vast, half-built campus rising from the desert sands of this Arab emirate, the Medill School of Journalism's newest freshman class is being schoo...