Qatar’s Withdrawal from OPEC: Energy Sector Strategy or Political Move?

Last week’s announcement by Qatar that the state intends to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States (OPEC) in 2019 left many surprised as to…

Scenarios for the Upcoming GCC Summit

The 2018 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit is taking place amidst a changing balance of power between the two sides of the Gulf crisis. Stalemate…

Changing Context Provides Conditions for De-Escalation in Yemen

Opportunities for peace between Yemen’s warring parties are higher than ever before. Recent events in Yemen and the greater Gulf region indicate a shift toward…

The Jamal Khashoggi Affair Part 2: Congress Responding to President Trump

Introduction Even President Trump’s own party found his statement confounding yesterday, in which he made a series of disputed claims regarding Saudi Arabia and the…

Event Recap: Religious Pluralism in the Gulf

On November 14th, 2018 Gulf International Forum (GIF) was honored to have gathered a diverse panel of experts at an event titled “Religious Pluralism in…

Event Recap: Congress & the Shaping of U.S. Policy in the Gulf

Mere hours after American citizens journeyed to the ballot box to cast their votes in the first midterm elections of the Trump Presidency, Gulf International…

Qatar Enacts Favorable Immigration Laws

Qatar recently announced a series of reforms related to the legal status of the countless expatriates who live and work in the country. In doing…

South Africa Walks Fine Line Between Feuding GCC Nations

Citing the legendary influence of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela…

Turkish Economic Crisis and the Arab Gulf Economies

Over the last few days the Turkish economy has faced its worst economic crisis in decades. The situation is jarring, given that just a short…

Unexpected Diplomatic Crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada over Human Rights Issues

On Monday Saudi Arabia abruptly announced a freeze of all trade and economic…

Hodeidah Battle’s Regional Extension: A New Complication to Peace in Yemen?

After over a month of ruinous fighting for Yemen’s vital Hodeidah seaport…

Civil Unrest Complicates New Government Formation in Iraq

Protests that started in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have since expanded into at least five governorates, igniting a political crisis in a country…