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…

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…