Commentary

Evolution of U.S.-GCC Defense Cooperation

Defense & Security

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

Oman

Oman: Israel’s Door to the Muslim World?

Geopolitics

On October 25, Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu became his nation’s third PM to...

The Khashoggi Affair: MbS, Trump & Erdogan

U.S. – Gulf Policy

The firestorm surrounding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi bodes ...

Oman

The Historical Role of Women in Oman’s Development

Politics & Governance

To understand strides made by Omani women, look no further than inspiring...

Iran

The Shia Crescent: Propaganda in a Time of Rising Regional Tension

Geopolitics

Jordan’s King Abdullah is credited with coining the phrase Shia or Shiite Crescent...

Iraq’s Al Abadi Faces a Careful Balancing Act

Politics & Governance

As Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi heads into a crucial election in May he finds himself...

Oman Enters the Front-lines of Diplomacy

Politics & Governance

While Oman’s foreign policy doctrine centers on maintaining friendly relations with all of its neighbors...

The Southern Strategic Arc of the UAE Military Presence

Defense & Security

The Emirates see themselves not just as an advanced Arab country but also as...

Making Sense of Qatar’s Military Buildup...

Defense & Security

In terms of geography and demography, Qatar is considered a small state, especially in comparison...

Will the Gulf be Caught Up in a Nuclear Arms Race?

Defense & Security

The release of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review...

Kuwait

Kuwait’s Role in London’s Return East of Suez

Defense & Security

This month’s news about the United Kingdom’s (UK) consideration of a permanent military base...

United Arab Emirates’ VAT is Not on Track

Economy & Innovation

As the government seeks to raise revenue from VAT, the implementation has been slow and...

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