How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests


by Shahed Ghoreishi At the Munich Security Conference in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif repeated his administration’s proposal to engage Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors with the goal of creating a Persian Gulf Security Agreement. According to Zarif, the talks for… Continue Reading  

Urgently Needed: A New Security Framework for the Persian Gulf


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  

Emulate Russian Realism


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


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. 

(DOD Photo By: U.S. Army Staff Sgt Sun L. Vega)

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