Review of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Efforts to Introduce a Value-Added Tax

Undertaking efforts to diversify their economies away from a reliance on oil, and in response to a recent decrease in oil prices, the GCC (Gulf…

Closing the Strait of Hormuz: Empty Threat or Imminent Reality?

The repercussions of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and re-impose economic and trade sanctions on Iran have resulted in a new…

Implications of Erdogan’s Presidential Win on the Gulf Region

Today, Turkey’s incumbent President Recep Tayyib Erdogan was sworn in as the first President of Turkey to be granted extended powers following the constitutional amendments…

Saudi Iranian OPEC Compromise Brings Hope for Lower Oil Prices

Last Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed with Saudi King Salman to boost Saudi oil exports to 2 million barrels per day (bpd), the agreement…

AQAP Exploits Social Tensions In a Changing Saudi Arabia

On May 31, 2018, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a regional Al-Qaeda…

Hodeidah can be Crossroads for the War in Yemen

UAE-backed Yemeni forces led by Tariq Saleh, nephew of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, are making significant advances in western Yemen towards the Houthi-controlled…

If the Iran Deal is Over, What’s Next for the Gulf?

Recently, President Trump announced that the US will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known colloquially as the ‘Iran Deal’. As…

Kuwait International Conference: Increased GCC Role for Reconciliation in Iraq

Iraq must have a transparent budget for the reconstruction process…

New Dynamics In the Region: Egypt, Iran and the GCC

Oman rejected the Arab consensus and considered the agreement one…

Yemen After Saleh: A Political Power Vacuum

Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen who served…

The proxy war in Syria, an International Crisis

During his recent tour in the Gulf, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Maybe Back to Square One

Iran’s nuclear agreement may be back to square one, as a new crisis…