Saudi Arabia May Be on Its Own in Yemen

by Imad K. Harb Since the start of the Arab Spring in 2010-2011 and the rise in demands for democratic change in the Arab world, a special relationship has developed between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that… Continue Reading  

UAE Withdraws from Yemen

by James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics. The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of… Continue Reading  

Congress Questions Gulf Arms Sales

by Derek Davison Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on Wednesday told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the Trump administration’s decision to rush weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was… Continue Reading  

Military Spending and Arms Imports by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE

by Pieter D. Wezeman and Alexandra Kuimova Tense relations between Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are a major cause for concern regarding stability, security and peace in the Gulf region and in the Middle East… Continue Reading  

Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course

by International Crisis Group A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and… Continue Reading