Was the First Gulf War the Last Triumph of Multilateralism?

Aug 04, 2020

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait. Desperate to pay off his nation’s seemingly insurmountable debt, acquired as a result of his invasion of and the futile 8-year war with Iran that had just ended, Saddam Hussein saw oil-rich Kuwait as the...

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?
Aug 03, 2020

How Will the UAE Cope With Growing Environmental Insecurity?

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge
Jul 27, 2020

How Osama bin Laden Got His Revenge

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations
Jul 27, 2020

Annexation or No Annexation, Little Will Change in Israel-GCC Relations

Opposing Repressive Regimes in the Middle East Is a Death Sentence

Opposing Repressive Regimes in the Middle East Is a Death Sentence

Jul 22, 2020

The ruling by Bahrain’s top judicial body, the court of cassation, on July 13 to uphold the death sentences of Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa has been decried by human rights organizations, condemned in the UK House of Lords and questioned in the British Parliament. Whether...

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

The West’s Middle Eastern Playbook

Jul 16, 2020

Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan, the wise ones say. I would add that failure suddenly gets you dumped like a hot potato in the hands of your benefactors. You don’t believe me? Just ask the Libyan has-been, Khalifa Haftar, at one time considered the best game in town by his...

The Lucrative Art of Sportswashing

The Lucrative Art of Sportswashing

Jul 15, 2020

When it was announced on July 9 that the great British road racing cyclist Chris Froome was departing Team Ineos for Israel Start-up Nation, there was some surprise amongst the racing fraternity — not about his leaving Ineos, where relations were said to be fraying, but about where he was...

Getting Qatar’s Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19

Getting Qatar's Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19

Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a massive impact on the global tourism industry, perhaps none more so than in Europe, where many countries are considering or have already reopened resorts to limit the damage. While Qatar’s tourism sector remains small by comparison, there can be no denying that it...

There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

There Is No Strain in US-Saudi Relations

Jun 17, 2020

The US decision to withdraw two of its four Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, along with the 300 soldiers that operated them, has led to speculation about what lies behind the move. Some analysts have linked it to the kingdom’s oil policy, arguing that the decision is intended to...

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

Jun 15, 2020

Dubai — memorably called the world’s fastest city by author and analyst Jim Krane — was already traveling in the slow lane when COVID-19 arrived. The Gulf city-state is one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It had survived the crash of 2009 and thrived anew on...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

The Legal Routes for Resolving the Gulf Crisis

Jun 09, 2020

Since 2017, the blockade of Qatar has continued to have a profound impact on the country. Transportation routes have been disrupted, supply chains have been altered, and family and friends remain separated. In response, the Gulf state has deployed various legal mechanisms to resolve the ongoing...

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

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

How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy

May 18, 2020

In 2017, US President Donald Trump’s new administration found itself in a quandary. Should it continue providing weapons for use in Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen that had been raging for two years? In June 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unexpectedly declared neighboring...

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