Is GCC-Qatar Rapprochement Good or Bad News for Turkey?

January 18, 2021

Turkey deepened its cooperation with Qatar during the blockade imposed by the Arab quartet in 2017, when the tiny emirate was most vulnerable and highly reliant on outside assistance for food supplies and security against perceived threats from its neighbors as well as the threat of an internal...

Navigating the Minefield of Arab Politics

January 14, 2021

In November 2020, the Saudi Association of Senior Scholars, a government-directed mouthpiece on religious affairs, issued a fatwa (religious edict) declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In the fatwa, the scholars stated, among other reasons, that the Brotherhood seeks to...

The Qatar Crisis Polarizes Tunisia

July 20, 2020

Like many Arab and African countries, Tunisia has faced pressures as a consequence of the three-year-long Gulf crisis.

Getting Qatar’s Tourism Sector Back on Track After COVID-19

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a massive impact on the global tourism industry, perhaps none more so than in Europe, where many countries are considering or have already reopened resorts to limit the damage. While Qatar’s tourism sector remains small by comparison, there can be no denying that it...

In the Battle of Gulf Airlines, Qatar Emerges the Winner

January 29, 2019

Employing a mix of common sense, calculated gambles and good business practice to hold the high ground, Qatar has emerged the clear winner in the battle of the airlines. When its Gulf neighbors — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, joined by Egypt — launched a land, air and...

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...