The Historical Role of Women in Oman’s Development

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

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

Jordan’s King Abdullah is credited with coining the phrase Shia or Shiite Crescent in 2004 in describing what he saw as the emergence of Iran’s…

Iraq’s Al Abadi Faces a Careful Balancing Act

As Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi heads into a crucial election in May he finds himself in a challenging but in some ways potentially advantageous situation…

Oman Enters the Front-lines of Diplomacy

While Oman’s foreign policy doctrine centers on maintaining friendly relations with all of its neighbors –which is based on…

The Southern Strategic Arc of the UAE Military Presence

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

Making Sense of Qatar’s Military Buildup

In terms of geography and demography, Qatar is considered a small state, especially in comparison with its two neighboring…

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

The release of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review…

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

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

United Arab Emirates’ VAT is Not on Track

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

GCC and Russia beyond Syria

Since 2011, discussions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-Russia relations have been dominated by their diverging approaches…

The Saudi-UAE Alliance Faces its Yemeni Stress Test

In recent years, the foreign policies of Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia…

Will Regional Isolation Make Qatar More Democratic?

The Saudi-led blockade can lead Qatar to pursue ambitions it had previously suppressed…