Defense & Security

Iran

The Killing of Iran’s Soleimani: Did the United States Cross the Rubicon?

A missile strike killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds force in Iran’s...

KSA

The Twitter Spy Scandal: Context, Parallels, Threats and Responsibilities

The shocking facts revealed in the ‘Twitter spy scandal’ raise several questions regarding the nature...

Iran

We Should Have Seen It Coming

We should have seen the box into which our actions against Iran have put us;...

KSA

Drone Strike in Saudi Arabia Potentially Broadens Perception of Iranian Threat

Over the course of the Trump Presidency, there has been one crucial variable missing in...

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...

Iraq

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...

Iran

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...

US Arms Trade in the Gulf: An Instrument of Whose Power and Influence?

“King, we’re losing our ass defending you, King, and you have a lot of money.”...

Turkey’s Involvement in Gulf Security

In a volatile global environment, small states tend to rely more on hedging as a...

Event Recap: Security & Defense in the Gulf: Impending Regional and International Changes

On December 6th, 2018 Gulf International Forum (GIF) hosted a panel titled...

Iran

History and Growth of the Iran – Hezbollah Axis

The 35-year relationship between Iran and the Lebanese branch of Hezbollah has ...

Evolution of U.S.-GCC Defense Cooperation

U.S. defense ties to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,...

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