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Europe: Do the Right Thing on Hezbollah

David Harris | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
David Harris

Nearly three years ago, the European Union finally overcame its longstanding resistance and addressed the issue of adding Hezbollah to its terrorism list.

New Constants in Traditional US-Gulf Partnership

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The main theme of the US-Gulf summit in Riyadh was pronounced by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, after meeting with his Gulf counterparts, when...

Obama Flies to Riyadh: Are U.S.--Saudi Ties Too Big to Fail?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama leaves Washington today for his third and final presidential "hajj" to Saudi Arabia for tense meetings with newly installed Saudi King Salman.

Obama's Visit: Cementing the Alliance with the Gulf and the Détente with Iran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.17.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama will not bring a new US policy with him to the summit with the Gulf nations next week in Riyadh, a policy that would otherwise ...

Low Oil Price and Its Impact on FDI in MENA

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

There has been plenty of discussion about the impact of the persistent low oil price on economic performance, employment, and political stability. Less discussed has been its impact on foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

Davos: With the Saudis absent, Zarif's fairy tales prevailed

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Frankly, I wasn't sure if Zarif was being serious or joking when he stressed in front of the WEF audience of global movers and shakers that his country is a firm believer in diplomacy as a means of resolving conflicts. If this is the case, then what on earth is the Iranian Quds Force (or paramilitary terrorist groups affiliated to it) doing in Iraq and Syria?

2016 Is a Year of Hope

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Modern and forward-looking programs like these serve as reminders that we all play a role when it comes to creating economically-inclusive environments that allow people to follow their dreams. Job creation is a big part of the equation.

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Saudi-Iran Standoff Exposes Diplomatic Fault Lines

Naveed Ahmad | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Naveed Ahmad

The Arab League, sans Lebanon, condemns Iran's support for "terrorism, sectarianism and policy of interference" in other Muslims countries. Even the regimes like Iraq and Algeria opposed the policies of the Persians.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

The UAE and Qatar Wage a Proxy War in Libya

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

When the Qaddafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control ov...

RE: Syrian Crisis, Ode to the International Community

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Sarah Elzeini

Spending the past months reading op-eds, attending UN panel sessions, and engaging in conversations, a reoccurring theme whether in news print or verbalized, had left me unsettled. The new found debate on a country's morality in regards to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The Gulf States Should Do More for Syrian Refugees

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

This catastrophic funding crisis risks condemning generations of refugees to live in camps indefinitely. If the GCC could match aid for Syrians to the economic assistance it donates to friendly governments, the impact could be huge.

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

What the Arab World Can Learn from Oman

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Whereas some political and religious leaders in a number of Arab states have played off sectarian hatred to urge their countries' youth to fight in Iraq and Syria, such rhetoric has virtually no appeal among Omanis who are not indoctrinated with the intolerant teachings of Wahhabism.

Hello, My Name Is Luay. I Was A Refugee

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.

What the West Should Understand About Human Rights in the Emirates

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Human rights have been a curious case when it comes to the UAE and the other Gulf Arab states for quite some time. The most widely reported concerns in the Emirates have had to do with workers in Dubai, the UAE's second city.

Gulf Canvases: May The Brushstrokes We Take, Light the Way

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Sarah Elzeini

For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer.

Reflecting Before We Evaluate: Measuring Women's Development in the Gulf

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Gulf region, indeed, holds some of the most conservative laws in the world in comparison, and it is essential for them to transition out of this -- however, the reality is, very few places on earth have come so far and so fast, as the Arabian Peninsula in the 21st century.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

David Harris | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
David Harris

We are told by the deal's supporters that the only alternative to this deal is war. We respectfully disagree. We do not support war against Iran, nor have we ever advocated for the use of force, though we have always believed in a credible military option as a way of convincing Iran of our seriousness of purpose.

Yemen Conflict and Arab Uprising: Regional Fissures and Repercussions

James Dorsey | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia's four-month old bombing campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen has had mixed results beyond devastation in the region's poorest country.

Zarif's Comments on Iran's Deal at the Iraqi MoFA Press Conference

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

The following is the English translation of statements made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affa...

The Economic Consequences of Détente With Iran

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The deal and negotiations focused on constraining Iran's nuclear capability. But what is at stake is Iran's regional role and importantly, this includes the economic consequences of détente.