Running Hot and Cold: Gulf Balances on the Edge of War and Peace

by James M. Dorsey With war and peace hanging in the balance, tensions in the Gulf are running hot and cold. Saudi and Iranian leaders are this week walking back from the brink, signalling that they want to avoid outright… Continue Reading  

Persian Gulf Arab States Should Accept Iran’s Olive Branch

by Shireen T. Hunter Hopes for some sort of breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations were thwarted at the United Nations General Assembly last week. A supposed deal struck by French President Emmanuel Macron to arrange a telephone conversation between Iranian President… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Counter-Discourse of Hope

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled a new initiative for Persian Gulf peace and stability called the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE). Set against a backdrop of… Continue Reading  

Hints of Gulf Rapprochement: Iranian Tactics May Be Paying Off

by James M. Dorsey Fears of a potential military conflict with Iran may have opened the door to a Saudi-Iranian dialogue against the backdrop of a rethink of US military logistics, involving at least a gradual partial relocation to the… Continue Reading  

China Could Resolve the Next Crisis in the Persian Gulf, But Not This One

by Jacopo Scita In the aftermath of the September 14 attacks on two Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia, China followed its well-established playbook, encouraging all parties to exercise restraint and calling for a ‘full and fair investigation’ into the events.… Continue Reading