The linkage between economic growth and environmental degradation is a well-known topic. The burning question has become whether there is a trade-off between sustaining economic activities and maintaining the conditions of natural resources, or whether economic growth can go in harmony along with...
On the final day of the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe warned that climate change will adversely impact the regular schedule and timing of major sporting events. This warning came amid increasing concerns that extreme weather conditions and harsh...
Relations between Ankara and Washington have reached a historical nadir. Geopolitical decoupling, accumulating frustrations and proliferating crises define the context. For some time now, Turkey has been looking for useful geopolitical crises to remind the United States of its importance:...
With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is turning to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at black members of the English football team and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to...
Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to outflank the United Arab Emirates and Qatar as the commercial, cultural and/or geostrategic hub in the Gulf. The Saudis recently expanded their challenge to the smaller Gulf states by seeking to position Saudi Arabia as the region’s foremost sports...
Amnesty International recently called for the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national who worked as a security guard in Qatar. According to Amnesty, he was “forcibly disappeared since 4 May, when he was taken from his labour accommodation for questioning...
Since 2017, the blockade of Qatar has continued to have a profound impact on the country. Transportation routes have been disrupted, supply chains have been altered, and family and friends remain separated. In response, the Gulf state has deployed various legal mechanisms to resolve the ongoing...
Three years have passed since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed a blockade on Qatar. This dispute began with the hacking of the Qatar News Agency in order to make Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani appear to be making highly controversial remarks.
Northern Yemen has become one of the latest
theaters where tensions stemming from the Gulf crisis have reignited. In
October, Yemen‘s UN-recognized government condemned Qatar for allegedly
financing Houthi-produced textbooks that foment sectarianism.
Since 2011, geopolitical influence in the
Middle East has shifted toward wealthy Gulf states. Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates and Qatar's ambitious foreign policy agendas have shaped the
region, as has the division between them.
In July, a group of 37 countries, including
all six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, expressed support for China's
policies in Xinjiang. The following month, Qatar became the first Arab country
to remove its name from the list of countries supporting Beijing's treatment of
In the face of an embargo, Qatar has challenged Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
In June 2017, a group of countries led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates formed a diplomatic and economic blockade against the state of Qatar. Yet rather than bringing Qatar to its knees, the crisis has...
For three days starting May 30, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz hosts Arab and Muslim leaders of countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference. The gathering was ostensibly called to address the region’s many issues, inter alia,...
The rush to buy English football clubs is, at least in part, the latest round in the Gulf crisis.
The bitter rift between Qatar and its Saudi and Emirati-led detractors could spill onto the pitches of English football. A flurry of reports suggest that the Gulf rivals are seeking to buy big-name...
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