Doha and Abu Dhabi’s Incompatible Visions for the Arab World

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by Giorgio Cafiero When Gamal Abdel Nasser’s secular Arab nationalist regime began purging Egypt of Muslim Brotherhood members during the 1950s and 1960s, many of these Islamists relocated to the Arab Persian Gulf monarchies. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—a… Continue Reading  

Can the Quartet Eject Qatari Influence from Gaza?

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by Giorgio Cafiero In early July, Mohammed Dahlan and a Hamas delegation led by Yahya Sinwar held an important meeting in Cairo. While in the Egyptian capital, Fatah’s former security chief in Gaza, who has been living in exile in… Continue Reading  

Was Emir Tamim’s Speech a Turning Point in the Qatar Crisis?

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by Giorgio Cafiero On July 21, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani delivered his first speech since the “quartet” – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – severed ties with Doha last month. In… Continue Reading  

Hacked Emails Reveal Close Ties Between UAE and Anti-Iran/Qatar Advocacy Groups

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by Eli Clifton United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a group that actively opposed the Iran deal, and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), which shares staff with UANI and was “formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideologies,” are no… Continue Reading  

Erik Prince to Prince bin Zayed: The Private Military Connection

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by David Isenberg In 2014, retired Gen. James Mattis, now secretary of defense, reportedly referred to the United Arab Emirates as “Little Sparta.” He was favorably comparing the UAE to the historic Greek city-state, known for its military prowess, especially… Continue Reading