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Why 'Operation: Decisive Storm' Was Needed in Yemen

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

By degrading and undermining the Houthis' military capabilities, the Saudi-led military efforts serve as a preemptive campaign against the possible use of ballistic missiles, such as SKUD, which could target GCC countries.

A Growing Rift Between Washington and the Gulf States on Yemen

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Activity intensified over the past week at the United Nations with respect to the deteriorating situation in Yemen -- amid further evidence of a rift over the country's future between Washington and its traditional Gulf allies.

Lead Mr. Obama, Please Lead

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

If Mr. Obama can become the force for mobilizing coalition responses by leading both from the front and, where necessary, from behind with real rather than vague strategies and promises, IS is doomed. If not, this will be as a former secretary of defense famously mused "a long, hard slog."

The Limits of Japan's Soft Power

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Japan is determined to be a force for peace and stability in the war-torn Middle East, yet until and unless its constitution is changed to permit the country to project its power in a meaningful manner militarily, its ability to influence events in other regions of the world will remain limited.

Bahrain's Daesh Dilemma

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Bahrain must tread carefully. The ruling monarchy finds itself vulnerable to a resilient Shi'ite opposition and a growing current of pro-Daesh elements within the monarchy's political and security structures.

Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image

James Dorsey | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Qatari acquisition of Tottenham would no doubt at least temporarily refocus some of the negative reporting on the country. But it could also revive assertions that wealthy Gulf countries are seeking to launder their reputations through soccer acquisition.

End Exploitation for Domestic Workers in the Gulf

Rothna Begum | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Rothna Begum

It is not enough for Gulf labor ministers to tout contract reforms for domestic workers and then fail to deliver. Workers deserve more than false promises and public relations stunts. They need concrete changes that promote safe, fair, and dignified work. And they need them now.

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Gulf Soccer Diplomacy Highlights Regional Divisions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time that they have at best papered over deep rifts within the group.

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

Barack Obama Is Fourth President to Put Americans At Risk In Iraq: Let Those Threatened by the Islamic State Fight It

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Unless President Obama pulls back quickly, his administration risks becoming absorbed in another interminable, unnecessary war in Mesopotamia with unpredictable but almost certainly negative consequences.

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

The UAE's Preservation of the Status Quo

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since the revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has arrested dozens of Emirati and Egyptian nationals allegedly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Saudi Arabia Threatens To Lay Siege To Qatar: Cooperation Or Confrontation?

David Hearst | Posted 05.09.2014 | World
David Hearst

Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade its neighbouring Gulf State Qatar by land and sea unless it cuts ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, closes Al Jazeera, and expels local branches of two prestigious U.S. think tanks, the Brookings Doha Center and the Rand Qatar Policy Institute.

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Germany's Arms Sales and the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is no secret that the German military equipment being purchased by Saudi Arabia will most likely be used to crack down on anti-government demonstrations inside Bahrain, and/or the Shia-majority region of eastern Saudi Arabia.

Implications of Iran and Sudan's Growing Alliance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Recent geopolitical developments across the Middle East and Africa have added momentum to Iran and Sudan's strategic partnership, an alliance driven primarily by an interest in weakening the power of Israel, and by extension the U.S., throughout East Africa.

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

The Simmering Rivalry Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have challenged each other for greater influence across the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab Awakening began by placing bets on different horses.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.