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Saudi Arabia in the Crucible: A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Joseph Braude | Posted 01.03.2017 | World
Joseph Braude

In recent months, several delegations of American diplomats, elected officials, and Middle East specialists have visited the Saudi capital Riyadh, met...

Strategic Partnership Between the Gulf and Britain

Raghida Dergham | Posted 12.11.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The GCC summit in Bahrain has sanctioned the resumption of Britain's role that existed prior to the independence of some of the member states - dubbed...

To succeed with GCC, Britain can't 'have the cake and eat it'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 12.09.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Credit: Mohammed Rayes, Arab News British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit deserves a solid 10/10. St...

On the Fears of a Donald Trump Presidency

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.06.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

What if Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States after next week's election? What kind of presidency would Trump's be? The man had...

Expertise in countering urban street gangs can be used to fight jihadists

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.07.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Word is out that Washington's traditional Arab allies, alarmed at rising terror threats, have been trying to counter jihadist groups on their own. In ...

Recognize Responsible Islamic Voices such as the Organization Of Islamic Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.

Saudi Arabia Is Iran's New National Security Threat

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

TEHRAN, Iran -- If Gulf countries want to solve the problems plaguing the Arab world, they should work with Iran, not against it.

Modest Objectives for the Russian-Gulf Dialogue

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.28.2016 | World
Raghida Dergham

The objectives of the strategic dialogue between Russia and the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council are not complicated, but fulfilling them...

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 02.14.2017 | 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 02.08.2017 | 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 01.24.2017 | 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 01.12.2017 | 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 01.12.2017 | 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 01.11.2017 | 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 12.28.2016 | 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 12.13.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 09.21.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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.