Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

May 06, 2021

On February 5, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967. Seven years after the 2014 Gaza conflict, in which war crimes were committed by both Israel and armed Palestinian groups according to the United...

The Road to Yemen’s Starvation
May 04, 2021

The Road to Yemen’s Starvation

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?
Apr 28, 2021

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh
Apr 19, 2021

Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Athletes Shake Up Sports Governance

Apr 14, 2021

Sports governance worldwide has had its legs knocked out from under it. Yet national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. Tectonic plates underlying the guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a...

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

How the End of the Gulf Crisis Affects Sudan

Apr 09, 2021

Sudan has been at the center of the diverging interests of wealthy Gulf states for many years. Having been close allies of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar had longstanding business, military and political interests in the country...

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mohammed bin Salman’s Neom: A Case of Giga-Narcissism

Mar 31, 2021

Despite rumors to the contrary due to the somewhat soiled reputation of a leader better known for, according to US intelligence, commanding the murder of a Washington Post journalist than his contribution to the future of humankind, Business Insider reassuringly reports that “work is pressing...

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Macron’s Campaign to Reveal France’s Historical Sins

Mar 29, 2021

One of the worst humanitarian disasters of the past 30 years took place in 1994 in Rwanda. Approximately 800,000 people died in a genocidal campaign led by the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority. The rampage began after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was shot down. The Hutus...

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

The Western Sahara Conflict and Great Power Competition

Mar 11, 2021

On December 10, 2020, then-US President Donald Trump recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, circumventing a decades-long UN-sponsored peace process for the territory. In return, Morocco agreed to normalize relations with Israel. The US-brokered agreement goes beyond a simple...

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

Mar 10, 2021

An endgame, traditionally, brings both bad and good news. An endgame is always tense because those involved know things are coming to a head. We can see this in the battle theaters in Yemen over the past weeks. What we don’t see is the reality of how those battles are actually progressing...

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

Mar 04, 2021

Mohammed bin Salman is a charming fellow. The tall, dark and handsome Saudi prince known as MBS has seduced world leaders and eager pundits left and right. To his supporters, MBS became first in line to the Saudi throne by championing reform in a deeply conservative Gulf kingdom, taking on...

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

The COVID-19 Crisis Has Catalyzed Vision 2030

Mar 02, 2021

A look back at history shows that desperate times do indeed call for desperate measures. After all, it was not until Saudi officials watched in horror as oil prices plummeted by 70% that, in 2016, Vision 2030 was born. While other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members presented their own...

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Serious Politics Is Not About Recalibration

Mar 01, 2021

Donald Trump’s brand of hyperreality over the past four years relied heavily on melodramatic plotting to keep the audience invested in the performance. To reestablish the more sober style of hyperreality the Democratic Party as an ideological force has come to represent, US President Joe Biden...

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Will Iran Take Over the Ottoman Mantle in the Middle East?

Feb 26, 2021

When the Ottoman Empire was dismantled in 1922, it created a vacuum which a series of powers have attempted to fill ever since. None has succeeded, and the result has been a century of wars, coups and instability. Iran ruled all these lands before the Arab and Ottoman conquests. It could do so...

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