The Blockade: Qatar and Saudi Arabia Approach Historic Breakthrough

The Blockade: Qatar and Saudi Arabia Approach Historic Breakthrough

Since June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia ordered a land, air, and sea blockade on Qatar and severed diplomatic ties, along with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, and Bahrain. The self-styled “Anti-Terror Quartet” issued Doha 13 demands, including closing media outlets like Al Jazeera, ending ties with Iran, reducing military cooperation with Turkey, and severing…

The Sudanese-‘Israeli’ Peace Deal Required Lots of Behind-The-Scenes Maneuvering

The Sudanese-‘Israeli’ Peace Deal Required Lots of Behind-The-Scenes Maneuvering

The Sudanese-”Israeli” peace deal isn’t a spontaneous act of reconciliation like it’s misportrayed by some as being but the result of lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering including last year’s military coup and recent reports that Saudi Arabia will secretly pay Sudan’s agreed-upon $335 million in compensation to US victims of terrorism. The Road To Recognition Sudan,…

The Expiration of the Iranian Arms Embargo Opens Up Exciting Opportunities

The Expiration of the Iranian Arms Embargo Opens Up Exciting Opportunities

The 13-year-long anti-Iranian arms embargo expired on Sunday, which creates exciting opportunities for the Islamic Republic to strengthen its national defense capabilities and cultivate even deeper relations with its top strategic partners such as China and Russia, possibly even playing them off against one another in a “friendly competition” so as to derive the greatest…

Middle East: When will Palestinian Issue be Resolved?

Middle East: When will Palestinian Issue be Resolved?

President of the State of Palestine and Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations to convene an international conference on the Middle East in 2021, after two Gulf states normalized their ties with Israel and once the US presidential election has taken place.  According to his statement, “a genuine peace process” will lead…

The Pandemic and Oil

The Pandemic and Oil

During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half…

Could the Gulf Become a Proxy in the New US-China Cold War?

Could the Gulf Become a Proxy in the New US-China Cold War?

Rising US-China tensions are having far-reaching ramifications across the international order, stirring up problems not only for western powers, but also for smaller states falling into regions of influence. This includes the Gulf countries, which are increasingly squeezed between the competitive pressure of these great powers. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait,…