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Economy

Iraqi Protests Highlight Growing Instability

October 16, 2019

On the first day of October, thousands of Iraqis began taking to the streets to protest high unemployment numbers, corruption, poor public services, a...

Geopolitics

Iran Continues to Play Pivotal Role in World Politics

September 5, 2019

Iran heavily features in many conflicts between regional and world powers, and it is often central to the great political issues of the day.  While Ir...

Geopolitics

Foreign Intervention is Exacerbating Sudan’s Political Crisis

August 6, 2019

Sudan has been in political upheaval since late December 2018 when thousands took to the streets to the protest increasing cost of living and a woeful...

Geopolitics

Libyan Civil War Wages On

July 10, 2019

Libya has been locked in a civil war since 2014 leaving the country in turmoil and regional partners scrambling for power in the fragile nation.  Figh...

Geopolitics

With the US and Iran on a collision course, can war be averted?

June 18, 2019

Growing tensions between Washington and Tehran appeared to reach a head last week, following suspected attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of ...

Economy

What is the European Union’s Role in Mounting Saudi-Iranian Tensions?

June 3, 2019

The European Parliament elections which wrapped up on 26 May are not the end all be all when it comes to the European Union, but the election results ...

Economy

US Announces Plan to Stymy Iran’s Oil Export

April 30, 2019

President Donald Trump announced plans to end exemptions from sanctions for countries purchasing oil from Iran.  The sudden announcement will have bro...

Geopolitics

Algeria’s Uncertain Political Future After Bouteflika

April 7, 2019

Algerians have taken to the street since March 1 to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s 20-year reign of the country, and through mass political ...

Geopolitics

Evaluating Middle Eastern Politics after Sochi and Warsaw Conferences

February 20, 2019

Two competing diplomatic meetings were held on February 14, clearly drawing the lines for different strategies in the Middle East. Many analysts class...

Geopolitics

Analysing Mike Pompeo’s Seven-Day Middle East Visit

January 24, 2019

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a whirlwind, week-long diplomatic tour of seven Middle Eastern countries to offer reassurances to th...

Geopolitics

What is the potential fallout from the Matthew Hedges UAE case?

December 20, 2018

The United Arab Emirates pardoned British Ph.D. student Matthew Hedges on November 26th after holding him in prison on spy charges.  The UAE accused t...

Geopolitics

Bahraini opposition leaders sentenced to life in prison- analysis

November 19, 2018

After acquittals in Bahrain’s highest criminal court, an appeals court sentenced three senior opposition leaders to life in prison.Al-Wefaq leader She...

Geopolitics

Syrian border reopened to Jordan, Israel

October 22, 2018

In a victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Jordan and Israel both reopened border crossings with war-torn Syria.  The recent developm...

Geopolitics

How the Muslim Brotherhood death sentences affect Egypt’s political climate

October 1, 2018

The Arab Spring promised a democratic shift in the Middle East region, and many commentators bought into the passion seen in the eyes of many hopeful ...

Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia and the implications of Vision 2030

August 6, 2018

In April of this year Saudi Arabia and France agreed on military cooperation aimed at increasing capacities within the kingdom.  This move will reduce...

Economy

Since the Blockade of a Year Ago, Qatar Has Played the Hand it Was Dealt Masterfully

June 27, 2018

How does a cat react when boxed-in and threatened with existential danger? In a classic “fight or flight” response, and when “flight” is not an option...

Geopolitics

Trump, Israel, and the Saudis now Shaping the Landscape in the Middle East

May 21, 2018

Whether you’re a Trumpie, reveling in how President Trump keeps his promises, or a Never-Trumper, horrified at how he revels in dispensing chaos, you ...

Geopolitics

Qatar’s PR Blitz Appears to be Paying Off in the Brawl Among Gulf Nations of the Middle East

April 23, 2018

Anyone who’s spent time in an Arab country can relate to how conspiracy theories abound in that part of the world. In the past, Israel would invariabl...

Geopolitics

What Might Peace Look Like for the UN’s New Special Envoy for Yemen?

March 22, 2018

British diplomat Martin Griffiths, the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen, carries a stack of mediation qualifications so deep that he is viewed as the be...

Geopolitics

What is in the Crystal Ball for the Gulf Nations of the Middle East?

February 21, 2018

As the first signs of spring 2018 dawn upon the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), it has become all the more reckless to hypothesize as t...