Does Donald Trump Have a Middle East Strategy?

November 30, 2017

Can Trump's advisers persuade the president to think about long-term US policy goals in the Middle East instead of succumbing to impulsive decisions? The increase of US military personnel in the Middle East over recent months reflects President Donald Trump’s promises, as well as the fact...

A Master Plan for the Middle East

November 14, 2017

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is on course to putting the Iranian genie back in its bottle and asserting Saudi leadership of the Arab nations. The way to make god laugh is to tell him your plans. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) master plan to save Saudi Arabia and Jared Kushner’s...

Horn of Africa Feels Geopolitical Impact of Qatar Crisis

November 07, 2017

Extensive web of alignments and divisions across the Horn of Africa puts pressure on countries to declare solidarity with either side of the Qatar crisis. The oil-rich Arabian Peninsula states have long represented a beacon of stability in the tumultuous Middle East. Yet the five-month-old Qatar...

What Does Iran’s Changing Foreign Policy Mean for India?

September 25, 2017

Given India’s increasingly close ties with the US, the unpredictability of Trump’s foreign policy may well pose a major challenge to New Delhi. As India expands its strategic and economic ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and with Israel, New Delhi is also seeking to strengthen...

Iran and the Gulf: An Iron First or an Extended Hand?

July 21, 2017

Rouhani’s re-election is an opportunity for the Arab Gulf states to improve relations with Iran and promote greater regional stability. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013, the first head of state to meet with him was from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Oman’s...

Can Trump Actually Cut (Good) Deals on Diplomacy?

July 13, 2017

From North Korea to Russia to the Middle East, there's no shortage of deal-making needed. But beware the fine print of anything with Trump's insignia. American beef is now available in China — as a result of a deal that Donald Trump made with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. In exchange, Chinese...

China’s Plan for the Middle East

June 19, 2017

China may be on the way to taking over America’s role as the key regional player in the Middle East. The US missile strike on the Syrian regime’s airbase in Khan Shayrat, followed by an exchange of extreme rhetoric, led to a surge in commentary on US-Russia relations and the potential for...

The Youngest Minister in the World

February 23, 2017

The world’s youngest government minister talks about overcoming challenges faced by young people in the UAE and beyond. With over 100 million young people making up the largest proportion of the Arab world, it is a stratum of society whose needs and aspirations cannot be ignored. Yet in 2015,...

Seven Pillars of the New Kuwait

February 16, 2017

Kuwait unveils an ambitious plan to diversify its economy. Mired in an era of cheap oil, Kuwait is looking for answers. Along with its petrochemical-rich neighbors, Kuwait has been dealing with this harsh reality since 2014. Throughout previous decades, Kuwaitis consistently relied on oil to...

This Woman Takes on Sexism in the Arab World

February 02, 2017

One woman’s quest to change attitudes to sexual harassment and violence against women in the Arab world. Feminism has got its work cut out for it when it comes to Arab countries. Virginity tests are still used in Libya, Jordan and Egypt, where a member of parliament provoked an outcry in 2016...

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