Middle East

Sudanese Protests Threaten to Topple Al-Bashir Regime

Sudanese Protests Threaten to Topple Al-Bashir Regime

Popular protests have rocked Sudanese cities since December 19, triggered by rising bread prices and sustained by a deep-seated desire for regime change. Long-ruling autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir, quickly losing his allies, has responded with violence and repression.
Saudi Arabia Continues to Sow Discord in Yemen to Advance Own Interests

Saudi Arabia Continues to Sow Discord in Yemen to Advance Own Interests

Saudi Arabia intends to build an oil pipeline project in the province of Al Mahrah to secure an alternative route to the Iranian-controlled Strait of Hormuz for exporting its oil. In the meantime, the kingdom is stirring up discord, and trying to draw Oman into the fray, to advance its energy agenda.
Revisiting the “Arab NATO” Idea A Futile Effort

Revisiting the “Arab NATO” Idea: A Futile Effort?

Trump administration officials are trying to assuage the concerns of Washington’s close allies in the Middle East about the American president’s leadership and the White House’s flip-flopping on foreign policy issues.
Does Supporting the Saudi-UAE-Led Coalition in the War in Yemen Serve U.S. Interests?

Does Supporting the Saudi-UAE-Led Coalition in the War in Yemen Serve U.S. Interests?

The U.S. administration's support for the Saudi-UAE-led military intervention in Yemen has proved unsuccessful in its objective to curb Iran’s influence in the region.
Australia’s Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Sidelines Palestinians

Australia’s Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Sidelines Palestinians

Claiming to support both Israeli and Palestinian aspirations for Jerusalem as their respective capitals, Australia has now recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Yet distinguishing between East and West Jerusalem appears to mask a more one-sided policy.
How U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia Are Prolonging the War in Yemen

How U.S. Relations with Saudi Arabia Are Prolonging the War in Yemen

The U.S. heads the list of countries supporting the ongoing war in Yemen. Despite international calls for Washington to end its support for the conflict, the flow of U.S. arms and support to the Saudi-UAE-led coalition in Yemen remains uninterrupted as the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” continues to escalate.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE Finance Terrorism under the Guise of Charity and Money .

Saudi Arabia and UAE Finance Terrorism Through Money Transfers Under Guise of Charity

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have financed terrorism under the guise of charity and money transfers. Meanwhile, in just the last year, the two Gulf nations combined have spent more than $50 million on public relations firms to sanitize and polish their image in the U.S.
Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria It’s Complicated

Turkey to Gain from US Pullout in Northern Syria? It’s Complicated

The Turkish government welcomes President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria, effectively ending Washington’s role as an on-the-ground protector of Ankara’s arch-enemy, the Kurdish YPG.
Overcoming the Odds: The Challenges for Women’s Financial Inclusion in the MENA Region

Overcoming the Odds: The Challenges for Women’s Financial Inclusion in the MENA Region

Despite various attempts to increase the participation rates of women in financial systems worldwide, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region still lags behind.
Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria

Can Washington Count on Saudi Arabia to Rebuild Syria?

The regime of Bashar al-Assad has “won” the Syrian conflict, but the Syrian people are far from living in a peaceful or stable country. The United Nations (UN) estimates that Syria’s reconstruction will cost at least $250 billion.