Middle East

Israeli-Saudi Axis: What Lies Behind?

Israel and Saudi Arabia are poles apart in terms of their social set-up, culture, and polity. Yet, the two West Asian countries share good...

The Impact of Australia’s Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

On Dec. 15, 2018, Australia reversed its decades-old Middle East policy by recognizing West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Australian Prime Minister Scott...

The Implications of American Withdrawal from Syria

The withdrawal of American troops from Syria may destabilize the region, as well as the move can harm Washington’s image and interests in the...

Why the Transforming Arabian Gulf States Need to Abandon the Archaic Kafala System

The notorious Kafala system has restricted the socio-economic mobility of migrant workers across the Arabian Gulf over the oil-development decades and currently binds more...

The Sweden ‘Consultations’: A Ray of Hope on the Long and Rocky Road to...

While the resumption of peace talks in Sweden illuminated a ray of hope for a diplomatic/political route to ending the conflict in Yemen, there’s...

Trump’s Plan for Israel and Palestine: One More Step Away From Peace

Seventy years since the UN affirmed the right of return for Palestinian refugees, Middle East peace is further away than ever. The Trump administration’s...

Preparing to Withdraw from the Nuclear Agreement: A Heated Debate in Tehran

Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), U.S. President Donald Trump has...

Trapped in Crossfire: Addressing the Drivers and Dynamics of the War in Yemen

The war in Yemen has become a case study example of what happens when two rival countries indulge in a power struggle for dominance....

US-Iran Rivalry: Addressing the Source of Instability in the Middle East

For the United States, the relationship with Saudi Arabia comes first and has to be safeguarded against all odds.  Recent events show that America...

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