The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?

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by James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts… Continue Reading  

Trading Jerusalem for Iran

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by James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the… 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  

Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

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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  

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