Personality and Ambition Fuel Saudi-UAE Divide

July 14, 2021

Personality and the conflation of national interests with personal ambition are contributing to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) would want to go out on his own and no longer be seen...

Saudi Seeks to Replace UAE and Qatar

June 14, 2021

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...

Erdogan and MBZ: “Useful Enemies”

June 07, 2021

The Mohammed bin Zayed Pivot

May 26, 2021

Home Is Where the Heart Is

March 05, 2021

Elephants in the Desert

October 21, 2020

The Abraham Accords: A Chance to Rethink the Arab-Israeli Conflict

October 08, 2020

German facilitation of the first meeting between the Israeli and Emirati foreign ministers on October 6 is a welcome change in the European attitude toward the Abraham Accords, which are viewed very differently in Europe than in the Middle East. In the region, supporters...

The Misfits: Icebergs and Squash

October 02, 2020

The Energy Angle to the UAE-Israel Deal

September 30, 2020

In August, the UAE became the third Arab state to establish full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel. One important dimension of bilateral relations that will be important to both Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv is energy.

The UAE Gambles by Normalizing Relations With Israel

September 15, 2020

In August, the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the formalization of Emirati-Israeli ties. What lies ahead?

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