Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

Jan 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster
Jan 14, 2021

The Line: Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Blockbuster

Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation Provides New Opportunities for the Biden Administration
Jan 07, 2021

Saudi-Qatar Reconciliation Provides New Opportunities for the Biden Administration

Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message
Jan 05, 2021

Ethiopia’s Heavy Hand in Tigray Sends a Message

Oman Has Much to Offer the EU

Oman Has Much to Offer the EU

Dec 10, 2020

Oman and the European Union share common interests in a number of political, economic, commercial and security fields. Oman’s strategic location and links to key international trade routes are of great importance to European interests in the region. In September 2018, Brussels and Muscat signed...

Qatar Is Set for Its First National Elections

Qatar Is Set for Its First National Elections

Dec 08, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s foreign policy will be anchored in the traditional pursuit of America's international role and interests. Biden has had a lengthy career in the Senate, where he served as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He also served as vice president under Barack...

Iran’s Revenge Against Israel Will Be a Long Game

Iran’s Revenge Against Israel Will Be a Long Game

Dec 04, 2020

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, shot to death by a remote-controlled weapon on November 27 in Iran’s capital Tehran, was the fifth nuclear scientist Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, has assassinated over the past 13 years. He joins a list of dozens killed by Israeli special forces over the...

Saudi Arabia’s Mission to Correct “Distorted Narrative”

Saudi Arabia’s Mission to Correct “Distorted Narrative”

Nov 23, 2020

The virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this past weekend was intended to be a moment of triumph for Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It was the first time an Arab state has hosted the gathering, which represented a golden opportunity to flaunt on the global stage the...

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Israel’s Comeback in the Horn of Africa

Nov 17, 2020

In 2016, Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli prime minister to visit Africa in 30 years. The visit was consistent with his announced intent to rebuild Israel's ties with the continent, especially East Africa, where his tour took him through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Narrowing down...

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen

Cautiously Optimistic: The Biden Administration’s Options in Yemen

Nov 16, 2020

As Joe Biden is declared US president-elect, expectations vary from pessimism on the left and among experts in the Middle East to optimism over lessons learned. In the US, the left has already sent the first warnings on expectations, focused on foreign policy and singling out Washington’s...

Kuwait Succession: Keeping the Boat Steady in Troubled Waters

Kuwait Succession: Keeping the Boat Steady in Troubled Waters

Oct 30, 2020

On September 29, Kuwaiti Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah passed away after ruling for 14 years. Messages of condolences flooded from all over the world to mourn a statesman who will be remembered as a respected mediator in a troubled region. After serving for 40 years as foreign minister,...

How Will Joe Biden Approach Iran?

How Will Joe Biden Approach Iran?

Oct 30, 2020

Addressing months of speculation over the future of US policy toward Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on September 22 at the UN General Assembly, “We are not a bargaining chip in the US elections and domestic policy.” Earlier this year, Democratic presidential nominee Joe...

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

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

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Oct 19, 2020

The future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the Iran nuclear deal — is uncertain. In the absence of US leadership, representatives of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia and Iran met on September 1 in Vienna to discuss the accord. The deal, which imposes...

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