Fire and Fury in the Gulf

February 07, 2018

Although the Qatar crisis may have passed its most dangerous moment, it has had significant negative consequences for both the Gulf and Washington.  Amid the fire and fury of Michael Wolff’s explosive account of the Trump presidency so far, readers hoping for greater insight into some of the...

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...

The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

August 03, 2017

Saudi Arabia's puzzling effort to blacklist its tiny neighbor Qatar begs the question of who's really isolated in the Gulf. The splintering of the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) into warring camps — with Qatar, supported by Turkey and Iran, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and...

Al Jazeera Journalists Demand Press Freedom

July 06, 2017

Al Jazeera journalists have demands too. When the diplomatic row between Qatar and the neighboring Gulf States erupted in June, the state-sponsored international news network, Al Jazeera, found itself at the heart of the crisis. Qatar has been accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and...