Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan: Doomed to Failure

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The regional tour of Donald Trump’s primary Middle East envoys—his lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner—has concluded. So, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of the peace plan the Trump team seems to be… Continue Reading  

Yemen: The Fate of Hodeida

Martin Griffith (UN photo by Manuel Elias)

by International Crisis Group The battle for Hodeida is reaching the point of no return. UAE-backed Yemeni forces are poised to begin operations to take this Red Sea port and city of 600,000 from Houthi rebels. This is the final,… Continue Reading  

The UAE in Yemen: With a Lot of Help from its Mercs

Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Toumajan shakes hands with Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the U.S. Army Central commanding general (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Youtoy Martin).

by David Isenberg The UAE has participated in the ongoing, Saudi-led war in Yemen largely through its use of a disparate collection of mercenaries, or to use the accepted euphemism, “private military contractors” (PMC). In 2011, the UAE hired Erik… Continue Reading  

Can the GCC Survive the Qatar Crisis?

The GCC in more harmonious times

by Derek Davison  Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It was on June 5, 2017, that four nations—Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and… Continue Reading  

Russia and the UAE Are Now Strategic Partners: What’s Next?

Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

by Li-Chen Sim During a working visit to Russia last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, concluded a Declaration of Strategic Partnership with his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin. The elevation in bilateral… Continue Reading