Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted. The power vacuum left by the former regime’s… Continue Reading  

The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Gulf Littoral States

by Giorgio Cafiero and Joshua Hodge It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran disagree these days on virtually all issues facing the tumultuous Middle East. The two countries… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan’s Reserves Rapidly Evaporating Amid Fiscal Storm

by Durna Safarova With oil prices now barely above $31 per barrel, Azerbaijan’s energy-export economy is taking on lots of water. And what is worse, Baku’s lifeboat, the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan, appears to be in danger of foundering.

UAE and South Korea Forge New Ties

by Giorgio Cafiero Having achieved rapid economic growth in the past several decades, both the United Arab Emirates and South Korea have much in common with respect to their unique histories of development. Although located on opposite shores of the… Continue Reading  

Qatar and the Islamic State

by Giorgio Cafiero and Alex Stout  In the fall of 2014, the Obama administration prioritized securing support from Washington’s allies in the Sunni Arab world before launching a multinational air campaign against targets in Iraq and Syria belonging to Islamic… Continue Reading