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Middle East Politics

Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution

James Dorsey | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.

Gulf Proxy War: UAE Seeks to Further Damage Qatar's Already Tarnished Image

James Dorsey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are locked into a propaganda war with public relations agencies and front organizations as proxies that is backfiring on both Gulf states.

Explaining the Middle East in Two Minutes!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Your favorite politician or pundit says there's an easy solution? This should help clarify things...<

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What Do America's Arab Partners Against ISIS Really Want?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. launched the first airstrikes against the Islamic State and other militants inside Syria, it drew on support from five Arab ...

China and the Middle East: Embarking on a Strategic Approach

James Dorsey | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
James Dorsey

China 's emerging Middle East strategy is shaped as much by contemporary U.S. predicaments in the Middle East as it is by a set of foreign policy principles that contrast starkly with those of the United States, with a determination not to repeat what China views as U.S. mistakes.

Palestinians Pressure UEFA Not to Award the Tournament to Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Palestinian soccer clubs and non-governmental organizations have called on European soccer governor UEFA to this week shy away from awarding Israel the right to host the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

Egypt's Banning of Ultras Constitutes Effort to Outlaw Legitimate Opposition

James Dorsey | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

An expected decision by Egyptian soccer authorities to ban as terrorist organizations groups of militant soccer fans builds on the definition by Arab autocrats of legitimate, democratic opposition forces as violent threats to their grip on power.

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

Behind the Gaza Ceasefire Efforts: Israel and Hamas Talk Potential Peace

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Wars inevitably spark change. That is no truer than in the war in Gaza, no matter what Hamas and Israel say.

Gulf States and Their U.S. Critics Seek to Shape U.S. Perceptions on the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Both Qatar and the UAE have been in the firing line for their treatment of foreign workers who constitute a majority of their populations but operate under a sponsorship or kafala system that puts them at the mercy of their employers.

A New Paradigm for Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The good news is that Israel and the most powerful of its longtime Arab adversaries have come to a common understanding of the peril to their very survival from resurgent fundamentalist Islamism.

Lessons from Gaza for Israel's Military: Unprepared for Unconventional Warfare

James Dorsey | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Calls for a reorganization of the Israeli military including a review of its strategy and doctrine are fueled by the fact that military intelligence struggled to cope with Hamas' ability to quickly change tactics and strategy.

Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve Changes Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Extolling the virtues of a ceasefire in the Gaza war that collapsed barely two hours after it took effect, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently highlighted the root cause of the failure of international efforts to silence the guns in the Palestinian territory and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to face significant political problems at home and a far less empathetic diplomatic environment abroad once the guns fall silent in Gaza.

Qatar Invests in Israeli Soccer Despite Gaza and War of Words With Jerusalem

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar's latest investment in Israeli Palestinian soccer comes against a backdrop of a war of words between the two countries over the Gulf state's support for Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the war-wracked Gaza Strip.

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.

The Gaza-Israel War -- Some Regional Implications

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Wars, as we know, are catalysts for change, and the current round of fighting between Hamas and Israel is no exception. Two trends, which have become very noticeable in the region in recent years, are being accelerated.

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

As states, Saudi Arabia and Israel share few, if any common values, despite some cultural values that are common to Wahhabism, the austere form of Islam adopted by the kingdom, and ultra-orthodox Jews. But they increasingly have common interests.

Peace Options for Afghanistan

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

After 12 years of inconclusive war, the moral imperatives of the situation dictate that the human suffering must cease. It is high time that a judicious decision is made that is consonant with President Barack Obama's repeated promise that the war in Afghanistan will end in the year 2014.

Israeli and Palestinian Women Meet on a Mountaintop

Diana Bletter | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Diana Bletter

And despite the Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006, two wars between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, continued rocket fire, and worldwide conflicts between Muslims and non-Muslims, our women's group in Akko continues to meet -- an accomplishment in itself.

Flexing Saudi Muscles

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime ally, the United States, take the lead in pursuing a Middle East agenda with which the Saudis generally concurred. All of that has changed within the last year.

A Short Guide To The Middle East

Posted 08.26.2013 | World

Who says politics in the Middle East are complicated? Financial Times reader KN al-Sabah manages to bring you everything you need to know about allian...

Egypt's Third Way: A Blend of Islamism and Militarism

James Dorsey | Posted 10.04.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The U.S. quest for stability in the Middle East that amounted to support for autocratic regimes at the expense of democratic values was in part fueled by fear -- fear that change in countries like Saudi Arabia threatened to open the door to the replacement of conservative, pro-Western rulers by military officers steeped in a vision that combined nationalism and Islamism.

Gulf Rivalries Spill on to the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The battle between Iran and various Gulf state for the identity of the energy-rich region has spilled onto its soccer pitches. It's the Persian Gulf League vs. the Arabian Gulf League.

American Attitudes Toward Israel

Mitchell G. Bard | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Mitchell G. Bard

The situation in other parts of the world may be different, but in the United States support for Israel has never been stronger.