Oman’s efforts to avoid taking sides in a polarized region has brought it headaches, but also benefits.
India’s traditionally neutral position in the Middle East has ended with the landmark Israel visit. The future balancing of India’s westward pivot will be determined by a new regional order led assertively be Saudi Arabia, and one which sees Iran as enemy number one.
The recent dynastic shake-up in Saudi Arabia was not only about power, patronage, and personality, but about the future trajectory of the kingdom.
The Saudi-Iran rivalry for preeminence in the Middle East is more likely to escalate rather than deescalate in the coming years.
Saudi Arabia’s newfound regional assertiveness is raising the stakes for Washington.
The core U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf are to maintain the free flow of oil, prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, and prevent Iran from establishing its hegemony over the region.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
In an interview, Carole Nakhle looks at how the rise of Mohammed bin Salman may affect oil markets.
Journalist Jihad al-Zein says the Arabs want to tame Qatar, but that the Gulf Cooperation Council will survive.
Even if Tillerson can manage an agreement that defuses the current crisis in Qatar, it won’t fix the problem. Saudi Arabia seems determined to turn Qatar into a semi-vassal state.