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Hector Barreto | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Hector Barreto

Right now, a trio of airlines from the Persian Gulf isn't playing by the rules -- the very rules that their own governments agreed to.

There Will Be a New Reality in the Arab Mid-East

Martin Shapiro | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

There will be no return to the fragile stability of even just five years ago. U.S. troops are greatly reduced in Afghanistan and Iraq. Humpty Dumpty cannot be put back together again.

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Selfish Gulf States Demand Special Privileges, Undermine U.S. Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.

The Evolution of the Brett Johnson Collection

Rai Mensah | Posted 06.01.2015 | Style
Rai Mensah

Following the evolution of a line is not solely about the refinement of the actual garments. Often that is an outcome of the designer's evolution. The life experiences, the attraction to new and varying aesthetics as well as the maturation of the designer all influence the growth of a collection.

What Do the Gulf States Want From Obama?

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Mohamed Elmenshawy

A significantly different tone will characterize the upcoming meetings between President Barack Obama and the heads of state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (or GCC, which is comprised of the member states Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the U.A.E., and Oman) to be held at the White House and Camp David May 13th-14th.

Keep the U.S. Military Home: Washington Is a Bigger Threat to Mideast Stability Than Iran

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Obama administration's decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East.

Allies Are Not Like Facebook Friends: US Should Drop Useless And Dangerous Alliances

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

If America ends up at war, it almost certainly will be on behalf of one ally or another. Washington collects allies like most people collect Facebook "friends." The vast majority of U.S. allies are security liabilities, tripwires for conflict and war. Alliances should be based on interest, not charity.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Gulf Alliances: Regional States Hedge Their Bets

James Dorsey | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces from gaining power, symbolizes the Gulf's new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement, rather than replace, the regional US security umbrella.

The Human Factor

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

We are placing far too much trust and reliance in technology. Despite all of our advances in artificial intelligence, the most powerful computer we know of is the human mind. But there is no system or technology that can eradicate the potential consequences of human error.

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.

Obama Should Have Visited the Taj Mahal and Skipped Saudi Arabia

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Saudi Arabia has enjoyed the protection of the United States in exchange for providing the world with cheap oil. And the wider Middle East has enjoyed excessive U.S. strategic and military interest for the same reason.

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.

GCC Abandonment of Unified Labour Contract Puts Onus on Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to abandon plans to adopt a unified contract for domestic workers increases pressure on Qatar to significantly revamp its controversial labour regime in a bid to fend off efforts to deprive it of its right to host the 2022 World Cup.

Five Tips for International Gifting

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Terry Kelhawk

Over decades of international gift-giving I've gathered a few pointers which might put more ho than humbug into your holidays if internationals are on your list. My motto is, "Be generous, but appropriate." Here's how...

Seven Things to Watch For in Bahrain's Upcoming Elections

Brian Dooley | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Up for a vote are candidates for the 40 seats in the lower house of parliament, while the 40 seats in the upper house remain appointed by the king.

An Offer Iran Can't Refuse: P5+1+Iran Fuel Fabrication Joint Venture on the Iranian Territory

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Najmedin Meshkati

Tight integration, inter-dependency and correlation among technologies of different countries provide much more oversight, control, and assurance than does a policy of restrictions and economic or technological embargo.

Tehran. Waiting for Normality

Roberto Toscano | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Roberto Toscano

Iran is not a nuclear file, it is a country. An important one. What one brings back from conversations in Tehran is the widespread hope that both political realism and an "ethic of responsibility" will prevail on all sides.

Managing the Madness in the Middle East

Marc Gopin | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

The key to untangling this mess and creating a series of tactical and strategic responses is to understand one basic truth: There are spirals of violence here that come from below, from the street, and spirals that come from above, from the state. Responses by citizens must undercut the violent spiral and address separately the state and the street.

Protecting the Gulf's National Treasure: The Clash of Social Norms in the Gulf With the Gulf Woman's Dynamism

Rawan Maki | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Rawan Maki

In the Gulf, women are dangerously placed atop the social pyramid as unreachable, fragile beings.

ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

Today's Headlines and the Great War

Roger Fisk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

From the crucible of the Great War that was sprinting towards a full boil 100 years ago this month, these chapters, taken together, illuminate how that war continues to shape not only our world in a lofty, conceptual way, but in today's headlines.