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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...

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...

Has Russia entered NATO’s bedroom?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Can we say a “terrible beauty” is born in the NATO’s underbelly — to borrow the words from the Irish-English poet...

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...

Yemeni journalists caught amid Saudi coalition and Houthi rebels

Global Voices | The conflict in Yemen, which erupted more than two years ago between Houthi rebels and forces backing the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, has...

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...

Another setback for US in the neo Middle East

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The bloc of four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia that imposed an embargo against Qatar on June 5 has finally...

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 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 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....

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

Mohammed bin Salman becomes the new Crown Prince: Expected divisions in...

Stephen Kalin and William Maclean | Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was elevated to Crown Prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in...

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,...

Washington’s good terrorists, bad Terrorists policy: Selling Satans as saviors

Nauman Sadiq | Karl Marx famously said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. The only difference between the Afghan jihad back...

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,...

Prime Minister Imran Khan?

Syed Haider Raza Mehdi | This is a six part article which traces the phenomenal rise of PTI, the disillusionment that set in, internal party...

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...

A battle for influence between two monarchies

Yasir Malik | Qatar, a tiny oil-rich nation, an ally of the USA and European powers having a wealth fund of $335 billion is the largest...

Depleting gas reserves of Pakistan: Is Synthetic Gas the only option?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | In 1952, Pakistan discovered the world’s largest gas deposit of 12 TCF (Trillion Cubic Feet) at Sui in Dera Bugti...

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 Arabia or Qatar: Pakistan’s search for neutrality in the Gulf...

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The fact that Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was accompanied by the army chief General Qamar Bajwa on the visit to...

The Middle East Spat intensifies as enmity increases between Iran and...

The conundrum in the Middle East continues to conflagrate as the two bastions of the Muslim World in Iran and Saudi Arabia ratchet-up their...

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...

“The US created ISIS” says Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

News Analysis | Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei has stated that America is the cause of instability in the region and its fight again...

Realignments in the Middle East: Which is the stronger bloc?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | Almost a week has passed since the terrorist strikes in Tehran but Iran has not retaliated with any “surgical strike” against...

The coerced dictated definitions: Who are terrorists and freedom fighters?

Muhammad Feyyaz | Qatar is in the eye of a storm, and sectarian blocks have deepened as never before. Indeed, geopolitically, the whole edifice of...

Qatar: Another reason for the rift between NATO allies?

Mehmet Ersoy | On Wednesday, June 7, the Turkish media wrote that Parliament voted to deploy 5,000 troops in the Turkish military base in Qatar...

Pakistan’s PM, Finance Minister & Army Chief on trip to resolve...

News Analysis ISLAMABAD - The Press Information Department (PID) of Pakistan, disclosed on Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS)...

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...

Gulf crisis: Is Saudi Arabia the only bad guy here?

James M. Dorsey | A Saudi and UAE-led campaign to force Qatar to halt its support for Islamists and militants is little else than a...

The 4th generation war: Who is running away with the show?

Saleem Akhtar Malik | After President Trump’s recent tour of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Middle East is ablaze with accusations and counter-accusations. The geopolitical...

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