Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

Jun 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...

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?
Jun 02, 2021

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight
May 31, 2021

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia
May 20, 2021

Expect an Uneven Rebound in MENA and Central Asia

Saudi Arabia’s System of Injustice

Saudi Arabia’s System of Injustice

May 18, 2021

In February, Mohammed bin Salman announced an overhaul of the Saudi judicial system with plans to bring in four new laws: the personal status law, the civil transactions law, the penal code of discretionary sanctions and the law of evidence. The crown prince was quoted as saying...

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

May 12, 2021

Great expectations are placed on hydrogen as an energy carrier. In the future, the climate-neutral molecule will replace fossil fuels in applications where direct electrification is impossible or too expensive. This enables effective climate protection in energy-intensive industries, heavy...

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security

Apr 30, 2021

In recent months, the United Arab Emirates has adopted a number of stances inimical to Turkish ambitions in the Mediterranean. This has taken the form of closer relations between the UAE, Greece and Greek Cyprus, more joint military exercises, and increased energy collaboration with Israel via the...

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?

What Will It Take for MBS to Rehabilitate His Image?

Apr 28, 2021

On April 10, the Saudi Ministry of Defense announced the execution of three soldiers after what it called a “fair trial” in a specialist court. The men were convicted and sentenced to death for the crimes of “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy.” Aside from the...

Iraq’s Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Iraq's Militias Send a Warning to Turkey

Apr 28, 2021

On April 14, a Turkish military base in Bashiqa, some 20 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq, was a target of a missile strike that killed a Turkish soldier. The attack happened on the same day that an explosives-laden drone targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan Region...

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

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

Apr 19, 2021

At the beginning of February, the Biden administration made two relevant decisions on Yemen with far-reaching consequences for the country and US policy in the Arabian Peninsula. The first announcement concerned the end of US support for "offensive operations" conducted by the Saudi-led coalition...

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...

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...

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