The Exclusionary Turn In GCC Politics

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed

by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen The sudden rupture in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada has thrown a spotlight on the regional political dynamics that have placed unprecedented and potentially irreversible strains on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past… Continue Reading  

Why China Sold Qatar the SY-400 Ballistic Missile System

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by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero On Qatar National Day, the Qatar Armed Forces showcased their newly acquired Chinese SY-400 short-range ballistic missile system with a range of 400 kilometers. China’s sale of the SY-400 missile system to Qatar underscores… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar

by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao  When NATO launched Operation Unified Protector against the Libyan regime in 2011, the alliance received support from its own member Turkey, as well as two Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the… Continue Reading  

The Gulf crisis produces snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race

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by James M. Dorsey A two-month old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for unprecedented, albeit… Continue Reading  

Détente in the Persian Gulf is in Everyone’s Interests

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by Paul R. Pillar Regimes that crave U.S. support in their regional rivalries are apt to strike two different postures that may seem contradictory but really aren’t. They publicly play up the supposed threatening nature and incorrigibility of the rival,… Continue Reading