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…

Kuwait and Oman’s Stakes in the GCC’s Survival

As the Kuwaiti Emir recently warned, failure to resolve Gulf crisis could unravel the…

Will the GCC Survive the Gulf Crisis?

Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Bahrain’s unprecedented action against Qatar created an increasingly complicated geopolitical environment…