Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

Jan 18, 2021

Turkey deepened its cooperation with Qatar during the blockade imposed by the Arab quartet in 2017, when the tiny emirate was most vulnerable and highly reliant on outside assistance for food supplies and security against perceived threats from its neighbors as well as the threat of an internal...

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Jan 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation Provides New Opportunities for the Biden Administration

Jan 07, 2021

The incoming Biden administration was presented with a most welcome development when it was announced on January 4 that an agreement has been reached to end the three-year rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. On November 27, the Financial Times carried...

Qatar Is Set for Its First National Elections

Dec 08, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy will be anchored in the traditional pursuit of America's international role and interests. Biden has had a lengthy career in the Senate, where he served as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He also served as vice president under Barack...

Not All Arab States Will Normalize Ties With Israel

Oct 22, 2020

Each Arab monarchy in the Gulf has its unique perspective on Israel and the Palestinian cause. Although not inevitable, others in the Gulf Cooperation Council may join the UAE and Bahrain in formalizing relations with Israel.

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