Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide

July 14, 2021

Personality and the conflation of national interests with personal ambition are contributing to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) would want to go out on his own and no longer be seen...

How China’s Growing Dominance Will Impact Sino-Gulf Relations

July 01, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through energy markets. Since March 2020, lockdowns around the world have led adults to work remotely and children to learn virtually. Last year, according to estimates, global energy demand and investment fell by 5% and 18%, respectively. Yet as...

China’s Balancing Foreign Policy in the Gulf

March 11, 2021

Amid a period in which the US has been imposing “maximum pressure” on Iran, Tehran has moved closer to China, which is playing a balancing role in the Gulf region.

Will Kuwaiti Foreign Policy Change?

March 02, 2021

As an internationally respected Arab diplomat who was Kuwait’s foreign minister before becoming emir in 2006, the late Sheikh Sabah was an architect of his country’s foreign policy.

China’s Place in the Abraham Accords

February 16, 2021

The normalization of the UAE and Bahrain’s relations with Israel could have major geopolitical implications for China.

Is There New Hope for Human Rights in Bahrain?

February 09, 2021

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights activist, was arrested on the night of April 9, 2011. During the arrest at his family home in Bahrain, he was brutally assaulted and his jaw broken in four places. On June 22, barely two months after his arrest, he was sentenced to life in prison after...

Sudan’s Ties With Counterrevolutionary Gulf States

November 03, 2020

Under the leadership of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan suffered from US-imposed sanctions that began in the 1990s.

Will Saudi Arabia Normalize Relations With Israel?

October 27, 2020

The UAE, Bahrain and Israel’s formalization of diplomatic relations has left many analysts speculating whether Saudi Arabia will also open ties with Tel Aviv.

Not All Arab States Will Normalize Ties With Israel

October 22, 2020

Each Arab monarchy in the Gulf has its unique perspective on Israel and the Palestinian cause. Although not inevitable, others in the Gulf Cooperation Council may join the UAE and Bahrain in formalizing relations with Israel.

Kuwaiti Efforts to Help Stabilize Iraq

October 13, 2020

Iraq faces many domestic and regional challenges. Of all six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, Kuwait is arguably the most concerned about instability in Iraq.

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