Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi “Nations are rallying to our side to confront Iran in the region like never before,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major foreign policy speech in Cairo on January 10. Claiming that his administration… Continue Reading  

Qatar Repels Saudi-Led Blockade

by Emile Nakhleh Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, not surprisingly, skipped the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC] annual summit, which was held in Saudi Arabia on December 9, 2019. Despite the Saudi king’s personal invitation to the Qatari ruler… Continue Reading  

The UAE Campaign Against Political Islam: Implications for London

by Giorgio Cafiero Arguably, of all Arab states, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is least tolerant of political Islam and most determined to weaken its influence throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The rulers in Abu Dhabi, who… Continue Reading  

Gulf Rivalries Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

by James M. Dorsey With the 2018 World Cup in Russia behind it, the soccer world’s focus shifts to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Politics and the Gulf’s internecine political and legal battles have already shaped debate about FIFA’s controversial… Continue Reading  

Qatar Frees Itself of OPEC

by Giorgio Cafiero Qatar’s recent decision to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) effective January 1, 2019 marks the first time a Middle Eastern member has left the cartel. Nonetheless, given Qatar’s national strategic needs and forecasted trends… Continue Reading