Violence in Aden Tests Emirati-Saudi Alliance

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Khalid al-Jaber Almost five-and-a-half years ago, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a military campaign to defeat Yemen’s Houthi rebellion. Although Riyadh and Abu Dhabi saw the dominant Houthi militia, Ansurallah, posing… Continue Reading  

Saudi Iranian Rivalry Polarises Nigerian Muslims

by James M. Dorsey A recent ban on a militant, Iranian-backed Shiite group raised the spectre of the Saudi Iranian rivalry spilling onto Nigerian streets as security forces launched a manhunt to find the alleged Boko Haram operatives who killed… Continue Reading  

Trump is Doubling Down on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but Congress Won’t Give Up

By Erica Fein President Trump has vetoed five bills this year. Four of them have dealt with U.S. support for the Saudi and Emirati (UAE) monarchies and their role in the now four-year-old brutal war and humanitarian nightmare in Yemen.… Continue Reading  

Mohammad bin Salman’s Waning Influence

by Emile Nakhleh The United Arab Emirates’ recent decision to withdraw from the Yemen war has left Saudi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) the sole key driver of that disastrous conflict. MbS’s friend, Abu Dhabi… Continue Reading  

Kashmir: A Battleground for Middle Eastern Rivals

by James M. Dorsey Thought that sectarianism was a pillar of the Saudi-Iranian rivalry? Think again, think Kashmir where the two countries’ geopolitical rivalry and Turkish ambitions cross sectarian lines. With Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey competing for Indian Kashmiri… Continue Reading