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Pompeo to press Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi’s murder

AFP | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, where he is set to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

“Saudi Arabia expecting a more hostile US after the mid term...

­ James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats...

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle...

James M. Dorsey | The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of the Middle East and North...

Gulf crisis shows separation of sports and politics unlikely

James M Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight...

Gulf crisis continues to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

James M Dorsey | Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive...

Is Gulf crisis turning Qatar into the region’s Israel?

James M Dorsey | Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf...

What is the difference between Qatari and Saudi Wahhabism?

James M Dorsey | A multi-domed, sand-colored, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming...

Hezbollah has slowly emerged as the winner amid the Gulf Crisis

Reuters When Iran declared victory over Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it hailed the "strong and pivotal" role played by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. The praise,...

Qatar claims Saudi involvement in Lebanon similar to Gulf Crisis

AFP | Qatar's foreign minister on Friday compared Saudi Arabia's political maneuvers in Lebanon to its boycott of his country and accused Riyadh of a...

Can football help end Gulf crisis?

James M. Dorsey | A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially...

How tiny Qatar’s wealth saved it from starvation ?

James M Dorsey | Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

James M. Dorsey | International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between...

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,...

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...

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...

Stepping up the pressure: Saudi strong arms Muslim nations to take...

James Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African...

Diplomatic breakdown in the Gulf: Is Trump the only one to...

Nasir Azeem | The diplomatic and political rifts between the Arab nations is nothing new. The Gulf States have been fighting over a variety of...

Added conflicts and proxies: Redefining the Middle Eastern alliances

Samson Simon Sharif | For over the past hundred years, West Asia has been the theater of conflicts and proxies. Most countries in the conflict...

The Middle East conundrum: What is the safe passage for Pakistan?

Ghulam Mustafa | Mired in its Afghan Policy quagmire, reeling from Trump led Saudi Arabian stunning uppercut and Panama JIT, Pakistan appears to have been...

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