Will Qatar Succeed in Hosting the First Carbon-Neutral World Cup?

The 22nd FIFA World Cup in 2022 will be hosted by Qatar, meaning that for the first time in history the international association football bonanza will be held in the Arab world. Football aficionados are waiting to see how a Muslim-majority country that beat the United States as host will deliver...

How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy

Saudi Geopolitics Amid COVID-19 and the Oil Crisis
May 15, 2020

Saudi Geopolitics Amid COVID-19 and the Oil Crisis

Indonesia-UAE Relations Strengthen Amid COVID-19

Indonesia-UAE Relations Strengthen Amid COVID-19

The UAE Ups Its Game in Yemen and Libya

The UAE Ups Its Game in Yemen and Libya

May 04, 2020

While one should not leap to conclusions too hastily, there are some interesting parallels between what is happening now in Yemen and what happened a little over a year ago in Libya. In both countries, efforts at peace talks have been upturned by events on the ground. And while it is also...

COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Threaten to Leave Saudi Arabia With Empty Hands

COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Threaten to Leave Saudi Arabia With Empty Hands

Apr 27, 2020

While the extraordinary crash of the WTI price of crude into negative territory — the first in history — can be viewed as something of an anomaly, the 25% drop in the price of Brent to $20 a barrel as of April 27 is a stark statement about the vulnerability of the Saudi economy and...

Hope Fades for New Talks in Yemen as Battles Intensify

Hope Fades for New Talks in Yemen as Battles Intensify

Apr 15, 2020

After a five-year-long conflict, hope for a new round of peace talks in Yemen begins to fade away a week into Saudi Arabia’s unilateral halt to military operations. Soon after the announcement on April 9, confusion set in over the intent of the ceasefire and the lack of monitoring. Clashes...

How the Middle East Reacts to the Coronavirus Pandemic

How the Middle East Reacts to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020

Combating the coronavirus pandemic requires reliable data for projecting infection rates, the effectiveness of mitigation steps and casualties. There are many subsets to consider: where it is spreading, transmission sources, demographic profiles, assessment of mitigation and treatment options, and...

Is Saudi Arabia Looking for an Exit from Yemen?

Is Saudi Arabia Looking for an Exit from Yemen?

Apr 14, 2020

March 25 marked the fifth anniversary since a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states, with direct support from the US, launched its campaign of airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The air campaign has gone hand-in-hand with an effort by Saudi and Yemeni forces opposing the Houthis to regain...

Can the Saudi Call for Ceasefire in Yemen Work?

Can the Saudi Call for Ceasefire in Yemen Work?

Apr 13, 2020

On April 9, the government of Saudi Arabia unilaterally called for a two-week ceasefire in the five-year conflict that has ravaged Yemen, the Middle East’s poorest nation. The UN, the European Union and the US Congress have long called for a suspension of hostilities and a return to...

Vladimir Putin Is the Dominant Force in Syria

Vladimir Putin Is the Dominant Force in Syria

Apr 09, 2020

A month on from the deal signed between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a truce remains in place in Idlib, the last rebel redoubt in Syria. The deal allowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was notably not involved in the negotiations, to...

Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

Mar 30, 2020

The Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), finds himself in a difficult place, fighting three very different sorts of wars. The first — and the longest running — is the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen that on 25 March passed its fifth...

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade

Business Is Brisk in MENA Arms Trade

Mar 16, 2020

Other sectors of the world economy may be suffering but the arms industry continues to do a roaring trade, and nowhere more so than in the MENA region. In its annual report released on March 9, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), notes a dramatic increase in...

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

As Coronavirus Spreads, the Gulf’s Economic Prognosis Is Not Healthy

Mar 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact markets and national and global economies, it is worthwhile noting that Gulf economies were already slowing before the virus hit the region. A comprehensive assessment by London-based Capital Economics, released on February 25 but based on statistics up to...

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