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Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Ullman in UPI: 30 years ago, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Sun, Aug 2, 2020

Mack in The National: Thirty years on from the invasion of Kuwait, what have we learnt?

In the News

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The ACWA Power–Air Products joint venture for green hydrogen: A new Saudi energy policy?

In early July 2020, the city of Neom and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia signed a joint venture agreement with Air Products of the United States to build the largest green hydrogen and green ammonia plant in the world. As the energy transition gains speed, this announcement is a significant step forward in establishing a new role for Middle Eastern oil-exporting countries in a future global economy less dependent on hydrocarbons. That said, the scale and relative inexperience of key project partners means the project still faces an uphill battle.

EnergySource by Jean-François Seznec and Samer Mosis

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Iranian foreign minister’s visit aggravates Iraqi-Saudi rapprochement

All the details were carefully planned for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s first foreign tour since taking office. Saudi Arabia, strongly supported by the United States, was selected as the first destination for the untested Iraqi leader, who is facing insurmountable challenges on the home front. Kadhimi is eagerly looking for quick accomplishments to build […]

MENASource by Abbas Kadhim

Economy & Business Iran

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

United G20 must pave the way for robust post-COVID-19 recovery

The world is facing unprecedented health and economic crises that require a global solution. Governments have locked down their economies to contain the mounting death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. With this response well underway, now is the time to move into a recovery effort.

Issue Brief by Phil Thornton

China Coronavirus

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Iran isn’t the only Middle Eastern country in a unique partnership with China

China has deeply entrenched interests across the region and mature relationships with many relevant Arab countries, most of which do not look favorably upon Iran.

MENASource by Jonathan Fulton

China Middle East

Tue, Jul 14, 2020

After the coronavirus and low oil prices, Oman’s future is more global

With the onset of COVID-19 and an economic crisis that is bound to accelerate history, Oman’s commitment to steady progress and political neutrality will face new tests and leverage the country’s wider global relationships.

MENASource by Phillip Cornell

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

New report assesses Israel’s warming ties with Arab Gulf states

Common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, growing uncertainty about the US commitment to the Gulf region, a desire by oil-rich Arab nations to access Israeli know-how, and the worsening COVID-19 pandemic have given momentum to a rapprochement between Israel and the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Israel Politics & Diplomacy
Gulf States - Netanyahu & Qaboos

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Israel’s growing ties with the Arab Gulf states

Once thought to be irreconcilable adversaries, Israel and the Gulf states have grown closer in recent years. What started as under-the-table intelligence sharing designed to counter Iran’s ambitions throughout the Middle East has morphed into greater cooperation not only on security but also on economic, political, and cultural issues.

Issue Brief by Jonathan H. Ferziger, Gawdat Bahgat

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Amid the coronavirus, where are US-Gulf counterterrorism efforts headed?

As governments of the Gulf Arab states seek to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by COVID-19, extremists have hastened to find ways to exploit the crisis.

MENASource by Joze Pelayo

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy