GCC countries are caught up in Chinese-U.S. competition over tech infrastructure. A failure to appease both powers risks endangering critical relationships.
Following the emir’s recent health crisis, new questions emerge about who is jockeying for power and what succession scenarios may play out in the near future.
The shifting relationships between armies and civil society are revealing new balances within defense structures.
A renewed NATO-Middle East cooperation can strengthen the security architecture of the Middle East.
The dramatic death of the former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, on June 17th, reignited debate about the future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and political Islam across the region.
Gulf states are increasingly turning to conscription to heighten nationalist identities and instill a spirit of sacrifice.
Recent tensions with the Philippines regarding mistreatment of domestic workers highlight Kuwait’s dependence on foreign labor for lower-paying jobs.
Efforts by Kuwait’s parliamentary opposition to expand rights for the bidoon community stem primarily from a desire to drum up political support from tribes.
As Kuwait’s opposition struggles to obstruct austerity measures, it is capitalizing on popular resentment against expatriates to pressure the government into broader concessions.
Kuwait’s opposition could complicate the government’s plans to ensure financial sustainability and maintain political stability.
Sada launches its first eBook, a collection of essays that explores the region’s deep political changes since the Arab uprisings.
Recent attacks on Shia mosques suggest the Islamic State strategy in the Gulf is to provoke and exploit sectarian strife.
Kuwait’s one man, one vote law, though the cause of previous unrest, has fractured the opposition and empowered independents.
Kuwait’s internal discord is likely to intensify if the court does not overturn the emir’s recent electoral decree.
The responses of Gulf Cooperation Council countries to the 2011 uprisings only reinforce a culture of state dependency.
The opposition’s decision to boycott the elections might further limit their chances of playing a strong role in holding the government accountable.
Can the new parliament and cabinet break the Kuwait’s perpetual stalemate?
Is Kuwait’s Islamic Constitutional Movement staging a comeback in Kuwaiti politics?
Tunisia’s 217-member Constituent Assembly must now write a constitution. What are the next stages of institutional reform?
In the wake of the region’s political tremors, Gulf monarchies are claiming reform of their security sectors. But are the changes enough—and are they genuine?