Politics & Society

Iran and the Saudi Nuclear and Missile Programs

Iran and the Saudi Nuclear and Missile Programs

Iran views Saudi Arabia’s budding nuclear and missile programs as an emerging strategic threat to be faced by constructing corresponding capabilities of its own—once they reach a critical stage of development.
Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Why Donald Trump is Really Keeping US Troops in Syria

Trump’s main reason for keeping U.S. forces in Syria is not about Iran. It’s about stopping Iraqi oil from getting to Damascus.
Women at the Forefront of Sudan’s Revolution

Women at the Forefront of Sudan’s Revolution

Sudan is going through a period of transformation, and women are at the forefront of the movement for change. Leading with empowering songs, Alaa Salah represents the strength and energy of the Sudanese women who have been driving the movement forward.
Financial Warfare in the Gulf

Financial Warfare in the Gulf

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE waged financial warfare against the State of Qatar in 2017 after the GCC crisis erupted, according to officials in Doha. Now the Qataris are attempting to settle scores in London and New York courts, where they are seeking billions.
Trump’s Veto of the Yemen War Powers Resolution is a Disaster for the People of Yemen and for US Democracy

Trump’s Veto of the Yemen War Powers Resolution is a Disaster for the People of Yemen and for US Dem...

Arab intellectuals and activists are mobilizing in the U.S., urging the public to put pressure on the executive. Yet this should not be an academic matter, nor a radical political cause. Basic morality should suffice to cease U.S. involvement in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
Abu Dhabi’s Influential Hand in Libya and Sudan

Abu Dhabi’s Influential Hand in Libya and Sudan

Recent events in Libya and Sudan have further exposed the strong influence that Abu Dhabi wields throughout the greater Arab world. With a powerful military and deep pockets, the Emirati leadership is determined to prevent anti-status quo political movements and groups from ascending to power in Arab countries in Africa for fear that such change could adversely impact its and other Gulf monarchies’ vital interests.
Sana'a: A Unique City of Archaeological Wonders

Sana’a: A Unique City of Archaeological Wonders

Yemen’s historically rich capital is home to some of the world’s oldest cultural heritage sites. For decades, negligence and political instability have threatened the ancient city’s awe-inspiring heritage.
Saudi Involvement in Bezos Blackmail Reflects MbS’ Preoccupation with Western Media

Saudi Involvement in Bezos Blackmail Reflects MbS’ Preoccupation with Western Media

Bezos blackmail case against The National Enquirer reveals MbS’ hand in manipulating Western media coverage of Saudi Arabia.
Syria’s Rehabilitation into the Arab League

Syria’s Rehabilitation into the Arab League

Eight years after the Syrian crisis broke out, regional states are gradually coming around to reaccepting Damascus back into the Arab world’s diplomatic fold. Yet there is still no consensus among Arab League member-states regarding Syria’s reintegration into the body.
The Copts Egypt's Overlooked and Persecuted Christian Minority

The Copts: Egypt’s Overlooked and Persecuted Christian Minority

Persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt is not new, but it has taken on a new momentum since the al-Sisi regime started cracking down on Islamist extremists six years ago.