Tag: GCC

Pakistan manages to stay off terror financing watch list for three...

News Analysis | The Financial Action Task Force (FATC) member states failed to reach a consensus in Tuesday's meeting to put Pakistan on the global...

Pakistan Army contingent to be deployed to Saudi Arabia

News Analysis | Pakistan Army is sending a contingent to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on a training and advice mission according to a...

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

Gulf rift can benefit South Asian countries

James M Dorsey | The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with...

Desert Kingdom in transition: Will Muhammad Bin Salman be the real...

News Analysis | In an interview with the Guardian, Saudi crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman said that he will return Saudi Arabia toward moderate Islam,...

‘Repercussions’ of the US bid to isolate Iran!

Asif Haroon Raja| Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi enjoyed best of relations with the United States of America (USA) as well as Kingdom of Saudi...

Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

James M. Dorsey| Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labor sponsorship system, denounced as...

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...

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,...

100 days of Qatar crisis

Ambreen Shabbir | The Qatar-blockade, the diplomatic crisis of 2017 that jiggled the world in different ways, approached its 100 days. There has been no...

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...

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...

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...

Russia-Turkey-Iran triangle gains traction

M K Bhadrakumar |  The geopolitics of the Middle East is witnessing a tectonic shift with the emergence of a Turkish-Iranian axis that would have seemed...

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 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...

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...

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...

The Gulf crisis: A coming out of small states

James M. Dorsey| Buried in the Gulf crisis are two major developments likely to shape future international relations as well as power dynamics in the...

Myths on Pakistan’s role in Saudi-led military alliance

Jan Achakzai | Apparently, an organized social media campaign is in full swing against Pakistan's principled stance to join Saudi Arabia led security alliance. It...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: The revival of Ottoman Empire?

Ahsan Hamid Durrani | For the world he may seem an autocrat in the guise of democratically elected presidency; for western media he might be...

Indomitable Qatar up against rampant opponents

News Analysis | The Qatar crisis enters its second month tomorrow with no immediate and amicable end in sight.The tiny Gulf country has shown defiance and...

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...

The Pakistan diaspora,economy and the Gulf crisis

  Saleem Akhtar Malik l A little more than a century after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire,the Arab Middle East looks as fragile as the...

Escalation of Gulf crisis: were negotiated solutions an illusion?

James M. Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore...

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....

Gulf crisis: A new tale or a recap of the Southeast...

James M. Dorsey | Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf. To Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,...

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