Defining Moderate Islam: Muslims and Evangelicals Forge an Alliance

Defining Moderate Islam: Muslims and Evangelicals Forge an Alliance

A major Muslim and Evangelical organization joined forces this week to significantly advance hitherto state-backed ceremonial inter-faith dialogues that seldom go beyond platitudes and lofty statements. This week’s launch at a Washington DC mosque of an inter-faith alliance and a book published by the Institute for Humanitarian Islam and the Germany-based World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)…

Personality and Ambition Potentially Fuel Divide Among Gulf States

Personality and Ambition Potentially Fuel Divide Among Gulf States

Personality as well as the conflation of genuine national interest with personal ambition contribute to the widening gap between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It was only a matter of time before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would want to come out on his own and no longer be seen as the…

A Change in Washington’s Approach to the Middle East?

A Change in Washington’s Approach to the Middle East?

The generally reliable Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed but knowledgeable source, has reported that Joe Biden’s administration is considering “sharply reducing the number of US anti-missile systems in the Middle East in a major realignment of its military footprint there”. Many politicians, both in the Persian Gulf region and in the US, responded by playing…

Maneuvering Jerusalem’s Future: Upcoming DC Visit Puts Wind in Jordanian Monarch’s Sails

Maneuvering Jerusalem’s Future: Upcoming DC Visit Puts Wind in Jordanian Monarch’s Sails

US President Joe Biden may have little appetite for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking but seems determined to prevent some third parties from exploiting the regional stalemate to their advantage. That seems to be one message contained in ensuring that King Abdullah of Jordan will be the first Arab leader to visit the White House since Mr. Biden…

Assad Move by KSA and UAE Is All About Investing in Russia as a Guarantor for Elites to Remain in Power

Assad Move by KSA and UAE Is All About Investing in Russia as a Guarantor for Elites to Remain in Power

America may “be back” for most of the world, but for the Middle East the only thing it is “back” to, is Obama’s “soft power” touch in the region. GCC countries have so much to learn from Assad on how to survive an uprising and how to stay in power. But what he can really…

Hot Air Messaging: Iran Floats Reports of Imminent Shanghai Cooperation Organization Membership

Hot Air Messaging: Iran Floats Reports of Imminent Shanghai Cooperation Organization Membership

Eager to enhance its negotiating leverage with the United States and Europe, Iran is projecting imminent membership of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in much the same way it pushed the signing of a much-touted 25-year cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic that has yet to have any real legs. Converting Iran’s SCO observer…