How will Artificial Intelligence shape the future of Gulf Arab states?

According to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies could contribute $320 billion to Middle Eastern economies by the year 2030. Naturally,…

Evolution of U.S.-GCC Defense Cooperation

U.S. defense ties to the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates [UAE], Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) are extensive…

Oman: Israel’s Door to the Muslim World?

On October 25, Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu became his…

The Khashoggi Affair: MbS, Trump & Erdogan

The firestorm surrounding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi bodes ill for the US-Saudi relationship. In particular, this event will affect the personal relationship…

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…