Will Iraq Realign Toward Saudi Arabia in 2018?

January 17, 2018

Saudi Arabia is focusing not only on forging political ties with Iraq, but also on strengthening bilateral trade and economic links. Since King Salman ascended to the throne three years ago, Saudi foreign policy has become increasingly muscular, underscored by the ongoing crises in Yemen and...

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...

Who’s Hiding in Qatar?

August 16, 2017

Qatar’s taking in of political refugees is not evidence of ideological affinity, but rather of a desire to expand influence regionally and internationally. The latest scandal in the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis revealed email leaks from Emirati Ambassador to the United States...

Can Muqtada Al-Sadr Defuse Tensions Between Riyadh and Tehran?

August 08, 2017

Seeing Iraq regain stability serves as a source of panic for some in the region. Iraq’s influential Shia leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, paid an unexpected visit to Saudi Arabia on July 28 and 29, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and other senior officials. The meeting took...