A man is tested for coronavirus at a drive-through facility in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have exploited the underlying threats of the virus to bolster their own survival strategies.
How the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis have spilled across the region.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace in central London on March 7, 2018.
To ensure its energy security and influence in the Gulf region, the United Kingdom will likely deepen its relations with GCC nations in a post-Brexit world.
Israeli soldiers in the Hula Valley in the north of Israel, near the Lebanese border.
Saudi Arabia and Israeli in balancing act after strikes on Iran-backed militias.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
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Qatar’s decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
Qatar out of the picture: Donald Trump meets with Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia at the White House.
Without strategic clarity from the US, the Saudis and their allies are under little pressure to thaw their frozen relationship with Qatar.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Oct. 5, 2017.
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When it comes to foreign policy, Saudi Arabia has recently become far more aggressive. A historian of the modern Middle East sees three possible causes for the shift.
At least the UK fits with the colour scheme.
The UK was a founding member of EFTA in 1960 and only left to join the EU.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
US and Gulf Cooperation Council forces conduct field training, in Kuwait in 2017.
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The ongoing diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia has isolated Qatar from the rest of the Middle East while also undermining the anti-Iran alliance among the Gulf countries.
Doha, under a cloud.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have butted heads before, but this time seems different.
As one of the world’s messiest conflicts, the war in Yemen seems to defy any political resolution.
The interventionist foreign policy of the Gulf states is increasingly at odds with their economic security.
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Brexit supporters argue the UK would find it easier to strike its own international deals but there is not much evidence of that.
Uneasy allies. U.S. President Obama with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia goes back to the 1930s. Here’s why recent uneasiness doesn’t mean it’s ending anytime soon.
Pristine Dubai is apparently no place for displaced Syrians.
By refusing to take in Syrian refugees, the Gulf States’ governments prove they don’t care much about the humanitarian crisis on their doorstep.
Oil-enriched kingdom: Saudi Arabia’s Shaybah oilfield complex at night in the Rub’ al-Khali desert.
American consumers may welcome lower gas prices, but the drop in oil revenues could impact Arab Gulf states and Middle East security. A scholar examines the realities of decreased oil revenues.
Ka-ching! The sound most countries heard when news of the nuclear deal with Iran broke.
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Most countries welcomed the deal as they jockey to boost trade with the Islamic Republic and gain from the eventual end of sanctions.
President Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in January 2015.
Hype over the absence of the Saudi king at US-Gulf Cooperation Council summit obscures the real issues facing the US and its Arab allies.
The sands of time will turn against the desert oil states.
Oil prices have now almost halved in six months to below $60/barrel thanks to OPEC’s refusal to cut production. This means all the member countries are revising their government spending policies. While…