Iran’s Regime Battles Unrest

For the second time in two years, Iran’s regime has witnessed significant nationwide unrest in response to deteriorating economic...

Turkey’s Relations with Iran and Iraq: It’s Complicated!

Succinctly stated, Turkey’s relations with Iraq and Iran, (the largest of its numerous neighboring countries) have not been easy. To...

‘Neo-Ottoman’ Ambitions in the Post-American Middle East:...

Officially, Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria has been about two major objectives. First, Ankara wants to push the...

Brexit and the GCC: What Next?

The recent UK Supreme Court ruling against Boris Johnson has led to renewed discussions concerning the granting of further extensions from...

What Do Cracks in UAE-Saudi Arabia Relations Mean for Turkey?

The divergence between Abu Dhabi’s and Riyadh’s positions in Yemen, the UAE’s maritime talks with Iran, and ostensible attempts at...

No Iran Solution in Sight

The September 14 attack on two critical Saudi oil infrastructure facilities has brought U.S. – Iran policy to a significant crossroads....

We Should Have Seen It Coming

We should have seen the box into which our actions against Iran have put us; the signposts were glaring neon lights. Unfortunately,...

Assessing Kuwaiti Mediation in the Gulf Crisis

Ahead of the Kuwaiti Emir’s postponed September 12th meeting with President Trump...

Drone Strike in Saudi Arabia Potentially Broadens Perception of...

Over the course of the Trump Presidency, there has been one crucial variable missing in its justification for escalation with Iran: a direct...

Could Turkey Lower the Impact of U.S. Sanctions on Iran?

Recently, President Erdogan has declared that the U.S. sanctions placed on Iran are against international law. He is not alone in expressing...

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...

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...