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Trump hosts first iftar dinner at White House

AFP | Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump,...

A year of blockade: Qatar stands firm

News Analysis | A year ago, Gulf quartet Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to impose an air, land and sea blockade...

King Salman seeks support from Macron to intervene in Qatar’s procurement...

News Analysis | According to the report of a French daily newspaper, Le Monde, King Salman has written a letter to the French President Emmanuel...

Trump now terms Qatar as “Ally against Terroism”

News Analysis | Following the rift between Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in 2017, President of the United States of America Donald...

Trump to host UAE Crown Prince, calls for Gulf unity

AFP | The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would host the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, but...

Middle-east deck rearranges: Iran and Qatar coming closer together?

News Analysis | Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, wrote an opinion piece in the Qatar-based news agency, Al Jazeera, on Monday. Zarif advocated...

Pakistan Navy Shows off state of the art naval vessels in...

News Analysis | Two ships from the Pakistan Navy have arrived at Doha, Qatar to participate in the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition (Dimdex). Dimdex...

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...

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M Dorsey | It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for...

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...

Middle East mess expands to East Africa

James M Dorsey | The six-month-old Gulf crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fuelling simmering regional conflicts. Renewed fears of heightened tension in the...

Saudi Arabia uses international chess tournament to polish tarnished image

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a...

CPEC: Pakistan’s quest for energy security

 Asia Maqsood | Sufficient supply of energy is central to industry, transport, infrastructure, information technology, agriculture and households. Besides, economic growth and higher standard of...

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...

Saudi-Emirati chest thumping proves that their alliance is a paper tiger

Andrew Korybko | An Emirati official called for the Saudi-led anti-terrorist coalition to bomb Al Jazeera. Dubai’s security chief Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan said that the...

Saudi Crown Prince’s sale of the century stutters

Reuters | Saudi Arabia's $300-billion privatisation programme was billed as the sale of the century when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his plan to...

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...

Islamabad and Riyadh partnering for peace and stability

News Analysis | On Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan fully endorses and supports Saudi Arabia in its policies in the...

Saudi-UAE promote tribes against Qatari Emir

James M Dorsey | Nearly six months into the Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are attempting to mobilize tribal opposition as...

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

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

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...

“Arab Media War at the heart of Saudi Purges?”

James M. Dorsey | Long-standing Saudi efforts to dominate the pan-Arab media landscape appear to have moved into high gear with Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

Lebanon: A new theater opens for Iran and Saudi Arabia?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery | Amidst simmering crises in the Middle East, Lebanon finds itself in the thick of things as Saudi Arabia on Monday...

Why Saudi Arabia allowed women into sports stadiums?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country’s stadiums raises as many questions as it provides...

What makes Singapore stronger than Qatar & UAE?

James M. Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has emerged about more than a regional spat. It...

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...

Strategic competition among emerging powers in Indian Ocean

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The Indian Ocean’s geographical location and resources have not only made it attractive for the economic activities and strategic pursuits...

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,...

The war of words continues as the future of the Iran...

News Analysis |  Top Iranian and US officials exchanged heated words on Sunday over the controversial nuclear deal signed in 2015 in a bid to...

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