Yemen: A State Torn, Not Restored

A recent escalation of fighting in the south of Yemen has renewed calls and increased demands from secessionist groups for independence....

How to Deal with Russia in the Middle East and the Gulf Region?

In less than a decade, Russia has made significant advances in the Middle East and Gulf region. It has intricately developed a complex web...

New Allies, Antagonists and Realities: The Future of OPEC

This month, OPEC and its allies (commonly referred to as OPEC+) agreed to extend a previously negotiated production cut in an attempt to...

Between Sanctions and Survival: Iraqi Sovereignty amidst...

Iraq has recently made ample evidence of the careful balancing act it must pursue between two strategic allies: Iran and the United States....

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...

Candidate(s) Briefing: The Gulf & the First Democratic Debates

While conventional political wisdom dictates that foreign policy is one of the last considerations voters make when casting their ballots...

A Veto Is not Enough to Get Congress and Trump on the Same Page in...

Today, the United States Senate voted on a series of bills seeking to block an impending sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United...

Gulf Crisis Deadlock Creates Regional Rivalry

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and a number of Islamic countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, imposed a blockade and issued a list...

Dealing with Iran: Trump’s Negotiating Formula Risks Unwanted War

Wars don’t just happen; there is always an underlying cause. Sometimes a predator sees an easy target (Mexican-American War 1846, Korea...

Two Years In and the Gulf Crisis Remains at a Standstill

As we reflect on the Gulf crisis’s fast-approaching second anniversary, it is indisputable that the past two years have unveiled serious...

The Gulf in the Gulf – Gulf Crisis Second Anniversary

Download the PDF version here   The gulf in the Gulf is profound. It is not a family squabble or a tiff among royals, though...

U.S. Pressure on Iran’s Energy Sector

Overview U.S.-Iran tensions have the potential to roil the energy market, and along with it, the global economy.  In what amounts to an...