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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.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

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.

Saudi Arabia's Message to the U.S.

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Last week's decision by Saudi Arabia to pass on an opportunity to become a member of the UN Security Council speaks to the Council's perceived ineffectiveness on a host of issues, and what comes with membership -- the need to take a public position on sensitive issues in international relations.

Why Bashar Has the Upper Hand?

Claude Salhani | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

One would assume that Syrian President Bashar Assad would be worried. Well he doesn't seem to be too worried. Why? Why should he? It is the United States and its allies that need to worry. And let me tell you why.

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.

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.

Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.

Zaha Hadid Takes On Saudi Arabia

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts

By Karissa Rosenfield (Read the original story here) In order to serve its rapidly expanding population of more than five million, the ArRiyadh De...

The Women Trailblazers of Gulf Arab Art

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.

Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda: A Human Saudi Film To Tear Down the Divide

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Groundbreaking is definitely an overrated word these days. Yet there are some instances when nothing else will do. Haifaa Al Mansour's Wadjda for example, is a film that demands the multiple use of this word.

The Riyadh I Used To Know

Leena Khan | Posted 12.29.2012 | Teen
Leena Khan

Damage has been done, and we have left our scar on the world. Scars can heal. Of course, the mark would always stay to remind us, but the pain would be less.