Emulate Russian Realism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump seems eager to learn at the knee of Vladimir Putin. During his Asian trip, Trump expressed his willingness to believe Putin’s denials about Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election, rather than the judgment… Continue Reading  

Gulf Dispute Heightens US Frustration with Saudis

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by Giorgio Cafiero Nearly five months after the Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ)—Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, Washington is coming to terms with its limited capacity to push the involved parties… Continue Reading  

UAE Ambassador’s Hacked Mails Feed Crucial Policy Debates

Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Deanie spoke with Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Yousef Al Otaiba  who also received the Distinguished Diploatic Service Award at the 2013 World Affairs Council Global Education Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2013. 


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by James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of… Continue Reading  

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

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by James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North… 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