Israel: A Strategic Partner for the UAE?

November 22, 2017

Officials in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv appear to see a low-profile, Emirati-Israeli strategic partnership as being not only viable, but also immensely valuable. Despite the city of Dubai’s remarkable success in transforming itself into a sprawling Western-style financial hub, the United Arab...

Can Moscow Mediate Between Tehran and Riyadh?

October 25, 2017

The Middle East is in a process of a geopolitical makeover that could affect the region for decades to come. The recent Russian initiative to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia has come as a surprise and has left many questions about what Moscow could do in order to bridge the gap between...

The Arab Peace Initiative Gets Another Look

September 21, 2017

The resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states could literally reshape global international relations. In March, representatives of 21 Arab nations and Palestine met in Jordan for the 28th Summit of the Arab League. The agenda included the conflicts in Syria and...

It’s Hard Being a Woman in Iraq

July 26, 2017

When it comes to women’s rights in Iraq, it is time for a radical shift. On July 25, police in northern Iraq found the body of a young woman, 25, who was murdered, burned and dumped on a rural road between the villages of Hizob and Grtik. It is reported that she was newly married and that her...

Iranian Election: A Choice Between Bad or Worse

May 17, 2017

Even if he wins the Iranian election, the realities of today will make it difficult for President Rouhani to achieve social and political reform. The Iranian presidential election on May 19 has been shaped by sociopolitical changes, the need for a successor to the supreme leader, the rise of...

The Case for Safe Zones in Syria

May 13, 2017

Jordan’s unsecured borders pose a threat of even further chaos in the Middle East. Six years into the Syrian Civil War, Russia and Syria have spread their special operation forces to Syria’s southern border with Jordan in an attempt to stop any sudden deployment of US or allied troops. This...

Under Trump, the US May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

March 30, 2017

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the US military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents. In a desolated patch of Mosul, Iraq, people are still digging through the rubble. Rescuers wear masks to cover the stench, while anxious family members grow desperate about...

The Islamic State’s Mark on Iraq

March 09, 2017

Iraq is a country that has not seen peace for decades. Instability will stay even after the Islamic State is defeated. Iraq’s short window of recovery from the US-led invasion in 2003 was slammed shut in 2014 after the Islamic State...

Iranian Filmmaker Returns to Oscars… Sort Of

February 08, 2017

With his latest film nominated for an Academy Award, Asghar Farhadi could write his name into cinema history. For many Iranians, The Salesman is important and relevant. More relevant than the movie, however, is the producer who has brought back glory days to Iranian cinema after a long period of...

A Look at the State of Kuwait’s Political Landscape

February 04, 2017

Kuwaiti politics is frozen in the status quo and is heavily entrenched in domestic issues, rather than regional or international. The results of Kuwait’s recent parliamentary elections, held in November 2016, have significant implications for the country’s citizens. Although the Kuwaiti...

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