Gulf Wealth: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by James M. Dorsey Little suggests that fabulously wealthy Gulf states and their Middle Eastern and North African beneficiaries have recognized what is perhaps the most important lesson of this year’s popular uprisings in Algeria and Sudan and the 2011… Continue Reading  

Challenging the World Order: Erdogan Wants Right to Develop Nuclear Weapons

by James M. Dorsey Brinkmanship may be his trademark, but Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to provoke the ire of the international community by launching a nuclear weapons program. Yet, his demand that Turkey have the right to… Continue Reading  

Protest: The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

by James M. Dorsey Protest is back on the front burner.

Aramco’s IPO: A Bell Weather of Saudi Balancing between East and West

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s planned awarding of mandates for the management of an initial public offering (IPO) by its national oil company Aramco is likely to serve as a bellwether for how Riyadh balances its relations with the… Continue Reading  

Playing Palestinian Politics: UAE-Backed Ex-Security Chief Weighs His Options

by James M. Dorsey A controversial former security official and Abu Dhabi-based political operator, Mohammed Dahlan, has lurked for several years in the shadows of Palestinian politics. Now, he could emerge as a monkey wrench in an attempt to pave… Continue Reading