The Gulf States and the Iran Deal: How Soon They Forget

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by Thomas W. Lippman      Let’s assume Khaled Batarfi is correct: President Trump made the right decision about the Iran nuclear agreement. Batarfi, a prominent columnist and analyst in Saudi Arabia, is one of the stampeding herd of writers… Continue Reading  

Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in 2016 (SPA)

by James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well… Continue Reading  

Arabs Leverage Lucrative Nuclear Contracts

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by James M. Dorsey Controversy in South Korea over a secret military clause in a nine-year old agreement to build the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear reactor raises a Pandora’s Box of questions about political and military demands that Arab nations may… Continue Reading  

Qatar’s Anti-Bullying Narrative

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by Giorgio Cafiero Fortunately the Qatar crisis has thus far not escalated into a military confrontation. Nonetheless, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) diplomatic row has escalated into a harsh war of narratives between Qatar and the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ)—Bahrain, Egypt,… Continue Reading  

Urgently Needed: A New Security Framework for the Persian Gulf

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by Javad Heiran-Nia  The implementation of effective security mechanisms in the Persian Gulf region has always been a matter of concern for the Gulf States. The main objective is to have a common goal, and hence, construct techniques to achieve… Continue Reading