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...

What the End of the Gulf Crisis Means

April 08, 2021

The Gulf Cooperation Council's al-Ula summit in January was a historic moment in relations between Gulf Arab states. Antonino Occhiuto of Gulf State Analytics discusses the factors that led to the lifting of the blockade on Qatar and geopolitical implications for the wider region.

The Unique Opportunity for Innovation in the Gulf

July 03, 2020

In Gulf Cooperation Council states, governments, companies and societies must adapt to new models as the world transforms and further digitizes.

Has the Gulf Cooperation Council Failed?

June 25, 2020

The concept of the Gulf Cooperation Council as a necessary sub-regional institution is coming into question.

Restricting Freedoms in the Fight Against COVID-19

May 04, 2020

All over the world, COVID-19 has challenged governments to address the pandemic in manners that earn them the confidence of their citizens. In the Arab region, where authoritarian governance is the norm, many statesmen are looking to China as a model for coping with the disease.

Welcome to the New Middle East

November 06, 2019

The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities — sometimes for new ones — and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is...

Gulf States React to India’s Shift on Kashmir

September 25, 2019

Recent developments in Indian-administered Kashmir have made global headlines. Yet the Gulf Cooperation Council states have reacted to the latest events with silence if not outright support for New Delhi.

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...

John Bolton’s Arab Army

July 11, 2018

Make no mistake about it, John Bolton wants regime change in Iran. Donald Trump’s foreign policy approach to the Middle East, such as it is, is a wild zigzag of a ride that is now being driven largely by his national security adviser, John Bolton. Bolton’s grand idée fixe is to effect...

Saudi Arabia: Diversification Remains Elusive as Economic Crisis Persists

August 19, 2016

Structural imbalances within the Saudi economy mean the country’s new strategy is only likely to partially achieve its aims.   The announcement of the new diversification strategy comes amid growing evidence of the severity of the economic crisis affecting Saudi Arabia. Official data from...

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