Enemies with Benefits: How Israel and Gulf Monarchies Work Together

Amid public pressure, ties between Israel and Gulf monarchies will have to be limited to informal meetings, public denials, middlemen and foreign subsidiary companies. In 1967, when asked “what sequence of events you would like to see now in the Middle East?” Saudi King Faisal bin Abdulaziz...

The Dangerous Nuclear Games in the Gulf

March 04, 2019

With both the US and Russia withdrawing from the INF, a nuclear stand-off in the Gulf could be closer than you think. One of the many challenges of covering the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on global affairs is that, in the constant churn of stories generated by his Twitter outbursts...

China is Diving into the Gulf, But For How Long?

August 15, 2016

It's getting harder for Beijing to sell the story of non-interference in affairs of sovereign states. Like most other major global powers that have preceded it, China is becoming entangled in the Middle East. A friendlier region to its interests than its own neighborhood in East Asia, China...

How Will Saudi Arabia Revamp its Education System?

May 25, 2016

Without an educated and skilled workforce, it will be a tremendous challenge for Vision 2030 to meet its target goals. As Saudi Arabia pursues economic diversification and sustainable development, the kingdom’s progress on these two fronts requires a reformed education system. In April, Prince...

Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns

January 28, 2015

Yemen’s future remains unclear, with regional and international repercussions likely. Although the impact of recent events in Yemen, driven by a brazen rise to power by northern Houthi rebels, has already been felt at the national and international level, it is yet to fully unravel. For...

Oman’s Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

April 10, 2014

Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on...

America and Qatar: Amazing Bedfellows

February 22, 2013

David Holdridge, a frequent visitor to Qatar over the past decade, argues that sooner rather than later the US will realize that it should distance itself from the autocracies of the Gulf. Oil and military concerns aside, the Arab street will not tolerate these medieval structures much longer. Not...