Is the GCC dead after the Qatar crisis? 

Is the GCC dead after the Qatar crisis? 

By Geoffrey Martin February 5, 2018 Is the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) dead amid the Qatar crisis? The simple answer is, yes, it is dead, but in some ways this regional organization was never alive. One’s acceptance of this argument, of course, must rely on one’s...
Fire and fury in the Gulf

Fire and fury in the Gulf

By Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen  January 31, 2018   Amid the fire and fury of Michael Wolff’s explosive account of the Trump presidency so far, readers hoping for greater insight into some of the international controversies of his first year in office were left...
Playing Iran

Playing Iran

  By Bill Law January 29, 2018   Notwithstanding the entrenched animosity between bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is possible that Iranian regional ambitions could be curbed using the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) as both a carrot and a stick. Were that to happen,...
Will Iraq realign toward Saudi Arabia in 2018?

Will Iraq realign toward Saudi Arabia in 2018?

By Umer Karim  January 14, 2018 Since King Salman ascended to the Saudi throne three years ago, Riyadh’s foreign policy has become increasingly muscular, underscored by the ongoing Yemen and Qatar crises. The rise of Iranian influence in the Middle East has been the...