How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup

July 15, 2021

With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is turning to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at black members of the English football team and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to...

Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide
July 14, 2021

Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?
July 13, 2021

America’s Afghan War Is Over. But What About Iraq and Iran?

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges
July 05, 2021

The Libyan Government Faces Numerous Challenges

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

July 01, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through energy markets. Since March 2020, lockdowns around the world have led adults to work remotely and children to learn virtually. Last year, according to estimates, global energy demand and investment fell by 5% and 18%, respectively. Yet as...

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

June 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold...

Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

June 14, 2021

Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to outflank the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the commercial, cultural and/or geostrategic hub in the Gulf. The Saudis recently expanded their challenge to the smaller Gulf states by seeking to position Saudi Arabia as the region’s foremost sports...

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression

Global Solidarity Brings Hope to Palestinians After Decades of Oppression

June 03, 2021

If there is one thing Palestinians are known for, it is that we are extremely patriotic. We decorate our homes with Palestinian merchandise and paintings, we continue to dress in traditional patterns, and even though many of us have never even seen Palestine, we continue to identify ourselves as...

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

June 03, 2021

After his meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit to Israel following last month’s ceasefire, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained his goals: "As I told the president, I'm here to underscore the commitment of the United States to...

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

Understanding Racism in All Its Forms

June 03, 2021

Twenty years ago, Amnesty International's “Racism and the Administration of Justice” report warned that “unchecked racism can lead to tragedy on a massive scale.” Last week, as we remembered George Floyd and pondered over the meaning of his death a year ago, another aspect of unchecked...

Biggest Threat to Democracy in Israel Comes From Within

Biggest Threat to Democracy in Israel Comes From Within

June 01, 2021

Dear Mr. Netanyahu,  What’s the end goal?  Many in the Jewish diaspora feel we should never publicly criticize Israeli state actions regarding the country’s defense. I disagree. I’m writing this to call for a change of heart before it’s too late. My fear is that...

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

May 31, 2021

Amnesty International recently called for the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national who worked as a security guard in Qatar. According to Amnesty, he was “forcibly disappeared since 4 May, when he was taken from his labour accommodation for questioning...

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

May 28, 2021

Shortly after the International Criminal Court announced its decision to investigate Israel for war crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tel Aviv continued its annexation of East Jerusalem through forced expulsions in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The residents protesting...

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

May 27, 2021

On May 25, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effusive demonstration of love and mutual admiration. The show the two men put on in the aftermath of a shaky ceasefire looked like a private celebration of a threefold victory for...

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