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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 ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...