When It Comes to Israel, Saudi Arabia Is Playing an Astute Game

Oct 21, 2020

The lengthy interview that Prince Bandar bin Sultan gave to Al Arabiya English has been the subject of much commentary. On October 9, the BBC weighed in with an article headlined “Signs Saudis Edging Toward Historic Peace Deal.” Analysis by security correspondent Frank...

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal
Oct 19, 2020

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future
Sep 30, 2020

Mauritania’s Fading Promise and Uncertain Future

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level
Sep 18, 2020

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Mohammed bin Salman’s Shaky Legacy in a Troubled Saudi Kingdom

Mohammed bin Salman’s Shaky Legacy in a Troubled Saudi Kingdom

Sep 07, 2020

Una Galani is the associate editor of Reuters’ Breakingviews division, which the news agency describes as “the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight.” Last week, Breakingviews published her review of the book “Blood and Oil” by Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley...

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

What Can the Gulf States Learn from the Belarus Crisis?

Sep 07, 2020

It might come as a surprise that the Gulf states have more than a passing interest in events in Belarus. Beyond growing economic ties, the political drama provides valuable lessons for the region’s monarchies and their efforts to maintain standards of living for their citizens without...

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

Sep 07, 2020

The Abraham Accord is a grand title well in keeping with the Trump presidency’s taste for overstatement and misdirection. But the expectation that other Arab states would fall into line with the United Arab Emirates and quickly normalize relations with Israel has fallen well short of the mark....

Israel and the UAE: The Myth of Normalizing Abnormalities

Israel and the UAE: The Myth of Normalizing Abnormalities

Sep 04, 2020

As the El Al flight 971 touched down in Abu Dhabi, a number of people looking at the aircraft wondered about the significance of the message it carried. The number for what both sides claimed to be Israel’s first-ever commercial flight to the UAE was the dialing code for the Emirates, with the...

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia

What Iran Can Learn From Saudi Arabia

Aug 31, 2020

Over three years have passed since Mohammed bin Salman became the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The challenges he has faced throughout this time have been too colossal for a 35-year-old leader to accommodate. Yet the prince has sought to give the impression of a strong social reformer. Indeed,...

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine

Turkey Takes on the UAE in Palestine

Aug 25, 2020

The news that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considering suspending ties with the UAE over its deal to recognize Israel reinforces the battle lines of the Middle East. The announcement nevertheless comes as little surprise. The Palestinian cause seems destined to be eternally used by...

Is the US Ready to Back Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

Is the US Ready to Back Real Change in Saudi Arabia?

Aug 24, 2020

Less than two weeks after his hit team murdered and dismembered Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the world was still trying to make sense of that heinous crime, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was busy sending another, almost identical hit team to assassinate Saad...

Why Kuwait Rejects Normalization With Israel

Why Kuwait Rejects Normalization With Israel

Aug 18, 2020

On August 13, the United Arab Emirates agreed in principle to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for suspending the annexation of portions of the West Bank. This US-brokered deal reflects years of growing ties between Israel and Gulf states that have long rested just below the surface of...

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

Aug 17, 2020

In late June, the United Arab Emirates asked Somalia to enter the conflict in Yemen in return for financial incentives and the reopening of a medical facility. Somalia’s instant rejection partially resulted from the strained Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relationship. Why did the UAE initially make the...

The UAE’s Deal With Israel Is a Sham

The UAE’s Deal With Israel Is a Sham

Aug 17, 2020

Gary Grappo, the chairman of Fair Observer, has commented in these columns on the deal between Israel and the UAE that has shocked many in the Arab and Muslim world. As a former US diplomat, Grappo expresses his satisfaction, or perhaps simply his relief, at the idea “that Arab states will no...

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