Oman: Between Iran and a Hard Place

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by Camille Lons Oman doesn’t like to take sides. In an increasingly polarized region, the oft-ignored Sultanate stands out for its efforts to seek common ground, finding paths to peace that sometimes elude larger powers. small size and its strategic… Continue Reading  

Oman’s Diplomatic Bridge in Afghanistan

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by Giorgio Cafiero On October 16, American, Afghan, Chinese, and Pakistani diplomats met to discuss the war in Afghanistan for the first time since the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)’s holding of talks in Islamabad last year. Per the US State… Continue Reading  

Qatar and Oman’s Shared Interests

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by Giorgio Cafiero Most Gulf states have taken sides in the 14-week-old Qatar crisis. However, the Sultanate of Oman has remained characteristically neutral. It has called for all involved parties to negotiate a settlement while lending support to the Kuwaiti… Continue Reading  

Oman Can Help Trump Navigate the Middle East

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by Giorgio Cafiero Immediately after Donald Trump’s victory, Sultan Qaboos sent the New York mogul a congratulatory cable to wish him “success in leading the U.S. people towards further progress and welfare, and further development and growth to cooperation” between… Continue Reading  

Rays of Hope in the Middle East?

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by Thomas Lippman For once the news from the Middle East doesn’t seem to be all bad. That doesn’t mean the news is good—most of it is not—but amid all the continuing conflicts some encouraging signs of sanity and seriousness… Continue Reading