‘Neo-Ottoman’ Ambitions in the Post-American Middle East: Stakes for the Gulf

Officially, Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria has been about two major objectives. First, Ankara wants to push the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –…

The PMF’s Fight for Legitimacy in Iraq

Formed in 2014, the initial raison d’etre of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was to fight the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), which usurped[1] control…

Investing in Saudi Arabia’s NIDLP

With the widespread outrage following the Khashoggi case, the imprisonment of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia, and the raging Yemeni crisis each having contributed…

Qatar Says No to Rapprochement with Syrian Regime

Largely due to the support Damascus that has received from key allies

Oman: Israel’s Door to the Muslim World?

On October 25, Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu became his nation’s third PM to visit the Sultanate of Oman. Netanyahu’s trip to Muscat built …

Will Regional Isolation Make Qatar More Democratic?

The Saudi-led blockade can lead Qatar to pursue ambitions it had previously suppressed…

Will the GCC Survive the Gulf Crisis?

Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain’s unprecedented action against Qatar created an increasingly complicated geopolitical environment…