Mecca Summits Will Not End the Gulf Crisis

by Dr. Khalid al-Jaber and Giorgio Cafiero On May 18, the Saudi leadership called for urgent Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Arab League meetings to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf region. King Salman proposed holding these two summits in… Continue Reading  

The Exclusionary Turn In GCC Politics

by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen The sudden rupture in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada has thrown a spotlight on the regional political dynamics that have placed unprecedented and potentially irreversible strains on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Over the past… Continue Reading  

Why China Sold Qatar the SY-400 Ballistic Missile System

by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero On Qatar National Day, the Qatar Armed Forces showcased their newly acquired Chinese SY-400 short-range ballistic missile system with a range of 400 kilometers. China’s sale of the SY-400 missile system to Qatar underscores… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao  When NATO launched Operation Unified Protector against the Libyan regime in 2011, the alliance received support from its own member Turkey, as well as two Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the… Continue Reading  

The Gulf crisis produces snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race

by James M. Dorsey A two-month old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for unprecedented, albeit… Continue Reading