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Saudi Arabia raises temperature against Iran

 AFP | Saudi Arabia warned Sunday that it would not stand idly by in the face of Iranian "aggression", as Bahrain said the Iran-backed Hezbollah...

‘Coup de Grace’ of the Old System in Saudi Arabia

Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | While the courts of justice were functioning in Saudi Arabia, the crackdown in the name of corruption, in the absence...

Gulf states enhancing ties with Israel after USA fails to end...

 James M. Dorsey | A cornerstone of the Trump administration’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace, involving a restructuring of relations between erstwhile Middle Eastern foes appears...

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...

Iran checkmates ‘Israel & the US’ in the Middle East

M K Bhadrakumar | The announcement in Tehran on Saturday regarding the successful test of a ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and capable of...

The Gulf crisis: Fighting it out down and dirty

James M. Dorsey | In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence,...

Riyadh slams Doha, suspends talks after signs of breakthrough

News Analysis | Saudi Arabia has cut off talks with Qatar on Saturday accusing the tiny Gulf country of "distorting facts" regarding the telephonic conversation...

Gulf crisis is merely a family squabble: ‘James Dorsey’

James M. Dorsey | A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia...

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...

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...

Pakistan’s Defense Production: More Efficient than India, Why?

Najam Ul Hassan | Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has recently acknowledged that Pakistan's Defense Production base is bigger and...

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...

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...

Is democracy consistent with Islam?

Nauman Sadiq | Some people are under the impression that democracy and Islam are incompatible. But I don’t see any contradiction between democracy and Islam,...

The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare

James M. Dorsey | Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the UAE and Qatar...

Gulf crisis: Wests keen eye on strategic and economic benefits

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The failure of the mission to the Gulf by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resolve the rift between Qatar and...

US moves to break deadlock in Gulf Crisis

News Analysis | A memorandum of understanding, aimed to shore up Qatar's counter-terrorism efforts, was signed between the United States and the Gulf nation on...

Gulf crisis: can its resolution reshape the future of international relations?

James M. Dorsey | The five-week-old Gulf crisis raises questions about the fundaments of international relations, the definition of national security, and the ability of...

Jackson report puts Saudi Arabia and UK in a tight spot

James Dorsey | A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the Kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report...

Qatar: a case study of how small states are treated in...

James M. Dorsey | A Qatari refusal to bow to the dictate of its larger neighbors is a case study of the place of small...

Gulf crisis stalemate fuels fears in Muslim Asia

James M. Dorsey | Vulnerable Asian states are bracing for possible pressure to back a Saudi-UAE boycott of Qatar as efforts to mediate an end...

The Ummah : The fresh Princes of Bel Arabia and Muhammad...

Haider Mehdi | King Salman, by elevating his son, the 31 years Mohammed Bin Salman, or MBS, as Crown Prince, may actually have signed MBS’s...

Prince Salman: An outlier in the conservative state

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The royal decree of June 21 by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman as the Crown Prince and next...

Gulf crisis: A cash cow for the United States?

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The continuity of crisis among the Arab nations demoralizing for the entire Muslim community. The rationality demands its resolution, immediately....

Iran sits pretty as the Qatar crisis continues to loom

News Analysis | The Qatar saga continues to frustrate peaceniks. For many, this rift between Arab countries is Iran’s hit. As the crisis remains unresolved,...

Pressure from global players: Will the Gulf crisis be resolved through...

James M. Dorsey | A two-week-old conflict in the Gulf goes to the core of key issues in international relations that hamper the fight against...

Gulf crisis and new alliances: Where does Pakistan stand?

News Analysis | Bahrain has ordered Qatari troops serving with a coalition fighting the Islamic State group to leave its territory. It comes after Bahrain...

Muslim Brotherhood: the real reason behind Saudi Arabia’s hostility

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Do not be surprised if Arab politics reminds you of Meryl Streep feuding with Dustin Hoffman in the 1979 American drama...

Gulf crisis and the future of Middle East

Ahsan Hamid Durrani | An energy-rich part of the world engulfed in perpetual turbulence, political instability, violent extremism, economic debilitation, sectarian divide characterized by ruthless...

Saudi-UAE-Qatar crisis: Will the US’ mediation bear fruit?

News Analysis | The noise of Saudi-led Qatar boycott is reverberating in the region and beyond as the need for mediation and protection is being...

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