UAE Ambassador’s Hacked Mails Feed Crucial Policy Debates

Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Deanie spoke with Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Yousef Al Otaiba  who also received the Distinguished Diploatic Service Award at the 2013 World Affairs Council Global Education Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2013. 


(DOD Photo By: U.S. Army Staff Sgt Sun L. Vega)

by James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of… Continue Reading  

Libya’s Role in the Polarized Sunni World

Retired Libyan Army general Khalifa Haftar

by Giorgio Cafiero and Elaine Miao  When NATO launched Operation Unified Protector against the Libyan regime in 2011, the alliance received support from its own member Turkey, as well as two Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Qatar and the… Continue Reading  

Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran

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by James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North… Continue Reading  

The Gulf crisis produces snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race

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by James M. Dorsey A two-month old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for unprecedented, albeit… Continue Reading  

The Trump Administration Must Not Ignore Grievances in Southern Yemen

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by Giorgio Cafiero and Matthew Hedges On July 27, the Saudi-led coalition’s air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile in Taif province, which Houthi rebels fired from Northern Yemen. Despite the successful interception, the launching of this missile, which… Continue Reading