The UAE’s Torture in the Shadows

February 14, 2019

In the UAE, a young woman has been imprisoned and tortured since 2015, but no one has heard about her. As the world’s media has once again picked up on the story of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, another story is...

The Shadowy World of Russian Hackers Just Got Murkier

July 18, 2018

None of what is known about the murky world of Russian hackers is conclusive, let alone produces a smoking gun. But what role does the Gulf play? The covert Qatari-Emirati cyberwar that helped spark the Qatar crisis may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian agents by US...

Gulf Media Wars Produce Losers, Not Winners

August 09, 2017

To many, the dispute in the Gulf amounts to the pot blaming the kettle and twisting the truth to serve rival narratives. Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations of their detractors than in polishing...