Great Power Competition in the Middle East

September 07, 2021

The ascendancy of China and Russia in the 21st century has had major implications for the Middle East and North Africa's geopolitical order. Jon Hoffman, a PhD student at George Mason University, discusses how countries in the region are responding to the return of greater power competition.

Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

June 22, 2021

On May 19, 1999, when Ehud Barak defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in the general election, tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to celebrate. Barak, the new prime minister, declared that it was the "dawn of a new day." He also had plans in mind: withdraw Israeli troops...

Sanctions on Iran

June 15, 2021

There is a decades-old history of Washington imposing sanctions on Iran for various reasons. Emma Scott, the Iran lead and research assistant at Project Alpha in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London, discusses the background of sanctions on Tehran.

Turkey’s Improved Relations With Egypt and Saudi Arabia

June 09, 2021

Turkey’s relationships with Egypt and Saudi Arabia have improved following years of friction. Esra Pakin Albayrakoglu, a professor at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and a visiting professor at the National Defense University, discusses the dynamics influencing Ankara’s foreign policy.

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

June 02, 2021

At the end of April, days before the latest conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians surged into the headlines, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington with two Israelis: the head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The...

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.

What Russia Thinks of the Abraham Accords

March 23, 2021

Regarding Russia’s foreign policy in the Middle East, it is important to ask how the normalization of the UAE and Bahrain’s relationships with Israel will play out.

Behind the Scenes With Kerning Cultures

March 12, 2021

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.

What Caused Yemen’s Famine?

March 01, 2021

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