Qatar and Oman’s Shared Interests

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by Giorgio Cafiero Most Gulf states have taken sides in the 14-week-old Qatar crisis. However, the Sultanate of Oman has remained characteristically neutral. It has called for all involved parties to negotiate a settlement while lending support to the Kuwaiti… Continue Reading  

Losing an Enemy

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by Francois Nicoullaud Trita Parsi has written a great book about what remains the most outstanding diplomatic feat of the 21st century. It is the first work to describe in detail the whole course of the extraordinarily complex international negotiation… Continue Reading  

Oman Can Help Trump Navigate the Middle East

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by Giorgio Cafiero Immediately after Donald Trump’s victory, Sultan Qaboos sent the New York mogul a congratulatory cable to wish him “success in leading the U.S. people towards further progress and welfare, and further development and growth to cooperation” between… Continue Reading  

Crown Princes: Was the DC Trip Worth It?

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by Emile Nakhleh As Gulf Arab crown princes and emirs sat around the table with President Barack Obama in Washington and at Camp David this week, Gulf media and experts opined whether the trip would produce tangible results and questioned whether… Continue Reading