Russia and the UAE Are Now Strategic Partners: What’s Next?

Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

by Li-Chen Sim During a working visit to Russia last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, concluded a Declaration of Strategic Partnership with his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin. The elevation in bilateral… Continue Reading  

The Magical Thinking Behind an Attack on Hudaydah

Hudaydah port

by Eric Eikenberry Over the last several days, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post have independently reported that the Trump administration is softening on a potential United Arab Emirates-led assault on Hudaydah, Yemen’s largest port and a major… Continue Reading  

Somalia and the Gulf Crisis

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo

by International Crisis Group The bitter rivalries underpinning the crisis among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have added a dangerous new twist to Somalia’s instability. Competition between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the one hand, and Qatar… Continue Reading  

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry in the European Parliament

Adel al-Jubeir meets with Federica Mogherini

by Eldar Mamedov Saudi-Iranian rivalry is not limited to the Middle East but also plays out in the ministries and parliaments outside the region. Such was the case this week in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament adopted two human-rights-related resolutions:… Continue Reading  

Motivations for the Dead-End Policy on Iran

Mike Pompeo (State Department via Fickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent speech on Iran, although titled “After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy,” was not new at all. It was mostly a recitation of the same arguments, with the same fallacies… Continue Reading