Stoking War with Iran Courts Disaster

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by Emile Nakhleh If President Trump’s recent pronouncements on Iran are to be believed, it’s all but certain that he will not recertify the Iran nuclear deal the next time around. He is expected to accuse Iran of advancing its… Continue Reading  

Bahrain’s Assault on Free Press

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by Emile Nakhleh The Bahraini government’s decision on June 4 to shutter al-Wasat indefinitely yet again underscores the regime’s on-going assault on the freedom of expression and independent media. The information ministry claimed in its statement that it shut down… Continue Reading  

It’s Time for Washington and Riyadh to Defuse the War Hysteria

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by Emile Nakhleh The ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the devastating Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, the bellicose rhetoric towards Iran, the fracturing of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the regional involvement in the bloody Syrian civil war, are… Continue Reading  

Saudi Bullying of Qatar: A Spurious Game of Thrones Crumbling

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by Emile Nakhleh The Saudi-Abu Dhabi aggressive siege of Qatar has gone beyond a mere tribal feud pitting the de facto Saudi ruler Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud and the UAE Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed Al Nuhayyan against Tamim… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Tribal Feud with Regional and Global Implications

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by Emile Nakhleh On the morning of June 5, Saudi Arabia and four of its regional friends decided to sever diplomatic, economic, and transportation ties with Qatar and its ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Such a feud within… Continue Reading