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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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


What happened at December’s GCC Summit in Kuwait?

December 12, 2017

On December 5, 2017, Kuwait Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani announced the abrupt ending of the 38th Annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on its ...


Jordan: Future Business Hub for the Middle East?

November 15, 2017

In October 2017, the government-owned news outlet The Jordan Times reported that Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury had ...


Is the future of cash in the Middle East bleak?

October 2, 2017

In July 2017 the Central Bank of Egypt announced that they would not issue legislation allowing the trading of cryptocurrencies. The result is that Bi...


Tunisia has reached a fork in the road. What next?

September 25, 2017

Tunisia has reached a fork in the road. At the end of one path, there is a complete democratic transition wherein the voices of the citizens are heard...


Analysis: China’s growing influence in the Middle East

September 5, 2017

For a long time China had viewed the Middle East as a US influence zone. But, as a reflection of its growing power and ambitions, it is now becoming a...


Analysis of the trending views surrounding The Cairo Capital project. What is it and will it fulfill its potential?

August 28, 2017

In March 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference the intent of the government to build a n...


Turkey and the Qatar Crisis. An Analysis.

August 11, 2017

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt cut political and economic ties with Qatar over an accusation that it s...


Tiran & Sanafir- Egyptian or Saudi land? The debate rages on…

June 28, 2017

On April 9, 2016, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced that two Egyptian islands–Tiran and Sanafir–were located inside the Sau...


Analysis: Iran’s presidential election and the prospects for reform

May 25, 2017

Iranian politics is usually characterised by a political contestation between two broadly defined camps: Hardliner conservatives and moderate reformis...


Increased female participation in the workforce will help to accelerate Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Is this increase realistic without the right to drive?

April 27, 2017

In a statement posted on his personal website, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud called for the end of the prohibition on driving f...


The referendum is over: what next in Turkey?

April 24, 2017

The recent referendum in Turkey changed its system from a parliamentary government to a presidential one. The newly empowered president will be able t...