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Playing with Fire: There are no good guys in the Middle...

James M. Dorsey | Remarks at United Hebrew Congregation, Singapore, 3 October 2017There are no nice guys in the Middle East, a region that is...
Saudi Arabia

Arab Spring finally comes to Saudi Arabia: Cinemas will be opened?

News Analysis |The Saudi Gazette has reported that the Kingdom will soon be opening cinema and theatres before the end of this year.Former Minister...

Saudi women now allowed to issue Fatwas

News Analysis |In a historic decision passed by the Shura Council, Saudi cleric women are now authorized to issue Fatwas alongside their male counterparts. This extension...
ultra-conservatives

Vision 2030 vs Saudi ultra-conservatives

James M. Dorsey |Saudi Arabia’s lifting of a ban on women’s driving raises a host of questions that transcend the issue of women’s rights...
restrictions

Saudi Arabia Eases restrictions on messaging apps, but WhatsApp and Viber...

Afef Abrougui | After more than four years of heavy censorship, Saudi Arabia has eased restrictions on the use of internet-based call and messaging (VoIP) applications.In...
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Lifts Driving Ban on Women: Is Prince Salman’s Vision...

James M. Dorsey |Saudi Arabia’s long-awaited lifting of a ban on women’s driving, widely viewed as a symbol of Saudi misogyny, will likely serve...
Saudi King

Saudi King to visit Moscow: Expects Russia’s help to bring the...

M K Bhadrakumar |The forthcoming visit by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia (October 4-7) carries great symbolism. Such poignancy is for several reasons –...

Green light to women in Saudi Arabia: Is this the victory...

News Analysis |The King of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree allowing women to drive. The order – issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud –...

Saudi women & Vision 2030: A test of Prince Salman’s reforms

James M Dorsey |Saudi Arabia's 85th birthday could prove to be historic -- one that could put to the test opposition to Crown Prince...
nationalism

Surge of Saudi nationalism hurts US interests

M K Bhadrakumar |Reading tea leaves in Saudi politics is hazardous. That makes Moscow’s jubilation over the appointment of Mohammed bin Salman as the...
Qatar

Qatar attempts to help itself: Citizens of 80 countries allowed visa-free...

News Analysis |With the ongoing Crisis in the Gulf, Qatar and the national flag bearing airline, Qatar Airways, is facing a massive problem with a...
2017

Hajj 2017: What you need to know

News Analysis |Around two million Muslims from all over the world have gathered this year (2017) in the Holy City of Mecca, Saudi Arabia,...
Doha

The blockade defeats its purpose; Doha revives diplomatic ties with Tehran

News Analysis |Doha has decided to send back its envoy to Tehran after he was recalled 20 months ago over Tehran's deterioration of ties with...
remittances

Is the failing Foreign Policy causing a drop in remittances for...

News Analysis |The simmering Gulf Crisis and the changing economic policies of GCC countries from oil dependence towards a knowledge-driven economic system for localization...
UAE

UAE ambassador’s hacked mails: Was Qatar crisis a hoax?

James M. Dorsey |The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the...
Trump’s

Will an assertive Iran turn out to be Trump’s greatest challenge?

M. K. Bhadrakumar |The White House readout of US President Donald Trump’s phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday highlighted that the latter “thanked”...
Saudi

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

James M. Dorsey |Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways...
Gulf

Gulf media wars produce losers, no winners

James M. Dorsey |Feuding Gulf states that have pumped millions of dollars into public diplomacy appear to have done better in damaging the reputations...
Qatar

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing...

James M. Dorsey |A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a...
vulnerable

Where trump might be vulnerable

Jacob G. Hornberger |It’s still not clear to me the particular crime for which special prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump.Was it illegal...
Saud

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi Arabia engages with Iraqi...

James M. Dorsey |Saudi Arabia, with the Islamic State on the ropes in Iraq, is forging ties to Iraqi Shiite leaders and offering to...
silliness

Saudi Silliness: Fracas with Qatar and Sectarian Injunction

Adnan Qaiser |In my paper in spring 2017: ‘Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset,’ I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie...
post-ISIS

Plot thickens in great game over post-ISIS Iraq and Syria

M K Bhadrakumar |The post-ISIS future of Iraq and Syria has been a topic of animated discussion among American think tankers, the assumption being...
Small states

The Gulf crisis: Small states battle it out (SSRN Working Paper...

James M. Dorsey | Abstract Buried in the Gulf crisis is a major development likely to reshape international relations as well as power dynamics in the...

Teenage Saudi girl lauded for introducing Hijabi Emoji

News Analysis |A Saudi born teenager living in Austria has come up with an Emoji for the millions of the Hijabis like her, around...
spectre

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

James M. Dorsey |US President Donald J. Trump. in a step that could embolden Saudi Arabia to move ahead with plans to destabilize Iran,...
Qatar

Qatar scores, at least on the soccer pitch

James M. Dorsey |Qatar won more than a symbolic victory with a decision by European soccer body UEFA to award controversial television network Al Jazeera’s...
Gulf crisis

The Gulf crisis: A battle of megalomaniacs

James M. Dorsey |There are fundamental problems in trying to learn lessons or draw conclusions from the Gulf crisis for the role of small...
China

China takes a leap of faith in the Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar |Like a deer caught in the headlight on the median of the highway at night, South Block stands paralyzed as the...
festers

Doha turns to Islamabad as the Gulf crisis festers.

News Analysis |Amid the simmering Qatar crisis, Doha has asked Pakistan to play its role to defuse the row with fellow Gulf countries. Last...
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