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  

Gulf Escalation Threatens Drinking Water

by Najmedin Meshkati The Persian Gulf is one of the most populous and environmentally-sensitive regions in the world. Consequently, it is no surprise that Gulf states are increasingly dependent on desalination for their drinking water. But that dependence carries severe… Continue Reading  

Greening Kuwait

by Austin Bodetti Kuwait would seem to have little in common with the environmental movement at first glance. Like its neighbors in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait depends on exporting fossil fuels to power its economy. The country joined Russia, Saudi… Continue Reading  

Turkish Condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim Wall of Silence

by James M. Dorsey In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs… Continue Reading  

Kuwait and the China-U.S. Geopolitical Rivalry

by Theodore Karasik and Tristan Ober Countries worldwide are eyeing Kuwait’s economic diversification agenda, the New Kuwait, as a geopolitical investment opportunity. Most recently, German and Austrian ministers expressed their countries’ interests in being involved more deeply in the Arab… Continue Reading