Analysis

The 39th GCC Summit: A Failed Attempted to Prove Gulf Unity

The 39th GCC Summit: A Failed Attempt to Prove Gulf Unity

Hopes were high that this year’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit would provide an opportunity for the Arabian Gulf’s feuding states to address the political and diplomatic crisis that has plagued the region for a year and half. However, the gathering ended leaving the international community with more questions than answers about the unity of the Gulf and the fate of the wider region.

“NOPEC”: What Qatar’s Exit Means for OPEC and Qatar

One of the oldest members of OPEC, Qatar, decided to withdraw from the oil cartel effective January 1, 2019. While several other countries have left OPEC before, Qatar will be the first Middle Eastern country to do so. Although its decision to depart will not disrupt the oil syndicate, there are key implications both for this small Arab nation and for OPEC.
Iranian-Omani Gas Pipeline A Link for Iran to the World

Iranian-Omani Gas Pipeline: A Link for Iran to the World?

To meet its growing energy needs, Oman is looking to increase its natural gas supply above the current levels of imports brought in from Qatar via the Dolphin pipeline. What are the prospects for Iranian natural gas to reach Oman and global markets through the anticipated Iranian-Omani gas pipeline project?
The Price of Global Silence Over War Crimes in Yemen

The Price of Global Silence Over War Crimes in Yemen

President Trump is not the only world leader who seeks to benefit financially from the affluent states of the Arabian Gulf. Russia and the European Union have also shifted their political positions with respect to the war in Yemen to profit from the Saudi-UAE coalition’s multi-billion dollar arms deals.
The Royal Treatment Riyadh's Influential Political Lobby in Washington

The Royal Treatment: Riyadh’s Influential Political Lobby in Washington

Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars on public relations campaigns to enhance its image and promote its national interests on Capitol Hill. Recent global events, however, may temporarily deter Saudi Arabia’s powerful lobby in Washington and undermine Riyadh’s ability to achieve its long-term political goals in the Middle East—and beyond.
Mattis Resignation a Big Loss for America’s Gulf Allies

Mattis Resignation a Big Loss for America’s Gulf Allies

James Mattis’ resignation as US Secretary of Defense is causing shockwaves worldwide. Especially unsettled are the leaders of Arab Gulf states which see negative implications for US-GCC relations.
Meryam Joobeur’s Film “Brotherhood” Brings Home Tunisia’s Struggle with Radicalization

Meryam Joobeur’s Film “Brotherhood” Brings Home Tunisia’s Struggle with Radicalization

With a keen, intimate eye, focused on a Tunisia losing too many young people to radicalization, director Meryam Joobeur offers one family’s potent story.

Iran-Backed Houthis Quell Popular Opposition Through Forced Disappearances and Other Human Rights Vi...

Since the start of the Saudi-UAE led coalition’s military intervention in Yemen, the Houthi rebels have quashed Yemenis who oppose them through systematic arrests, forced disappearances, torture, and other human rights violations, accusing them of collaborating with foreign powers.
Abu Dhabi’s Growing Influence in Bahrain

Abu Dhabi’s Growing Influence in Bahrain

The United Arab Emirates, as an extremely close ally of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has played a crucial role in enabling the Al Khalifa rulers to remain in power since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011. Support from Abu Dhabi has resulted in the UAE becoming increasingly influential in Bahrain, giving Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed greater leverage over Manama's decision making with respect to both internal and external affairs.
United Nations Global Compact for Migration Divides Nations, Wields Little Power, but Offers Some Hope

UN Migration Compact Divides Nations, Wields Little Power, But Offers Some Hope

The U.N. adopted an agreement on migration on December 10 that has become one of its most divisive and controversial documents. The compact outlines a framework for better governing migrants and their movements, but bears serious flaws and does little to assure that it will be put into action.