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Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

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 Arabia's Economic Time Bomb

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Time is a luxury that Saudi Arabia can no longer take for granted. It faces an economic time bomb, which, if not defused, will have severe and possibly irreversible effects both nationally and internationally.

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.

Riyadh Conference: What Makes It Different?

Hind Kabawat | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

Nearly two years after the Geneva II peace talks failed to produce a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the Syrian opposition convened last week to discuss the prospect of a new round of negotiations with the government in Damascus to end a civil war, now approaching its 5-year anniversary.

Into the Pink

10KSA | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
10KSA

As a prelude to 10KSA's milestone event on December 12 of this year, people from around the globe submitted their own designs for a tarha (scarf) that...

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan's Evolving Alliance

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

As Middle Eastern conflicts raise tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan will find it increasingly challenging to navigate through the turmoil while maintaining a meaningful balance in its relationships with Riyadh and Tehran.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

When Breast Cancer Hits Home

10KSA | Posted 11.03.2015 | Women
10KSA

Twenty years later, I remember only flashes of my mother's battle with breast cancer -- I was then in my early teens. I must have blocked out the experience, and now most of my memories are her memories.

British FM Hammond Reassures Saudis It's 'Business as Usual'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has sent a strong message of reassurance that the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia remains "deep rooted," despite several recent media reports of tensions between Riyadh and London.

The Hajj Stampede Exacerbates Saudi-Iranian Tension

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.

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's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

All Hail Iran the Victor?

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

The Mullahs in Iran have reason to celebrate. After 36 years, Iran has reclaimed its role as the definitive power in the Middle East, a truism it has known all along since regional geopolitics changed as a result of the 1991 Iraq War.

Burying an Elder

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The death of Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia was not unexpected. He had endured a debilitating illness for quite some time and, as a result, ha...

Oman's Diplomatic Bridge in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, US officials traveled to Oman and held "secret" talks with a Houthi delegation. Both sides discussed the implementation of a ceasefire and a political transition in Yemen.

Do Human Rights Really Matter in International Relations?

Mihai Pătru | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Mihai Pătru

Giving human rights the "ignorance treatment" is far from a new approach for policymakers when it comes to taking a position against the perpetrating regimes. It actually follows a pattern that has occurred in relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia, just to name a few examples.

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.

How Western Media Missed the Point About Saudi King Salman's 'First Ten Days'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 04.06.2015 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

It is unfortunate that in their search for sensationalism, many media outlets miss out on important stories. Saudi Arabia is definitely not without its faults. But many may not comprehend the significance of some of the landmark decrees issued by the newly inaugurated monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

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.

In Response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

Obama's Visit to Riyadh: Semi-Accord Over Iran and Divergence Over Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Raghida Dergham

One of the most difficult issues lies in the intersection of the American-Saudi relationship with the American-Iranian relationship, as Barack Obama desires it to be.

What Awaits Obama in Riyadh?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

All eyes are definitely going to be on Riyadh this week, where U.S. President Barack Obama will be meeting with the Saudi leadership on March 28.

Nigeria's Ethiopians Protest Abuse In Saudi Arabia

Chika Oduah | Posted 12.19.2013 | World
Chika Oduah

An ongoing clamp down on undocumented Ethiopian migrant workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rendered thousands vulnerable as many were not able to renew work permits before the November 4th deadline signifying the expiration of an amnesty that was announced in April.