Oman Takes the Lead in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

September 02, 2019

At the Peace to Prosperity summit recently held in Bahrain, Oman announced plans for opening an embassy in Israeli-occupied Ramallah, making it the first Gulf state to do so.

Oman Could Hold the Key in Yemen

April 02, 2015

Oman could serve as a crucial mediator for the conflict in Yemen, where dialogue presents the only way forward.   As the conflict in Yemen has taken a turn for the worse, observers believe Saudi Arabia’s military response to calls for assistance by Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi...

Saudi Arabia and Oman Have Different Experiences With Extremism

February 16, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Oman possess differing national identities, varied social and cultural roots, and divergent approaches to tolerance that may explain their different experiences with extremism. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Sultanate of Oman share significant characteristics: language;...

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...

Gulf Security: A Risky New US-Saudi Blueprint

December 16, 2013

A US-backed Saudi blueprint risks splitting the GCC. In a bid to reassure Gulf states worried about a US-Iranian rapprochement and critical of American Middle East policy, the Obama administration has opted to back Saudi efforts for regional hegemony through greater integration of Gulf military...

Rethinking Rentier State Theory: Qatar and the Rise of Smart Money

October 11, 2013

Political legitimacy in the Gulf cannot be explained by oil wealth alone. The bargain between rentier states and their populations is simple: the government ensures the financial well-being of the people, and the people do not rebel or try to influence political decisions of the state. In an...