Did French President Macron’s Gulf Tour Complicate US Regional Policy?

Did French President Macron’s Gulf Tour Complicate US Regional Policy?

These three outcomes could complicate the US’ regional policy and possibly even be interpreted as an asymmetrical form of revenge for stealing France’s historically unprecedented nuclear sub deal with Australia. French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Gulf countries of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia last weekend during a two-day trip. His…

Is The Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty? That Is the Question With Contradictory US Human Rights Policies Towards Saudi Arabia and Iran

Is The Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty? That Is the Question With Contradictory US Human Rights Policies Towards Saudi Arabia and Iran

A cursory look at Saudi Arabia and Iran suggests that emphasizing human rights in US foreign policy may complicate relations but has little impact on regional stability or the willingness of protagonists to reduce tension and manage conflicts when it is in their interest. A post 9/11 US emphasis on human rights was not what…

Russia is Primed for a Persian Gulf Security ‘Makeover’

Russia is Primed for a Persian Gulf Security ‘Makeover’

It’s impossible to understand the resumption of the JCPOA nuclear talks in Vienna without considering the serious inner turbulence of the Biden administration. Everyone and his neighbor are aware of Tehran’s straightforward expectations: all sanctions – no exceptions – must be removed in a verifiable manner. Only then will the Islamic Republic reverse what it…

Testing The Waters: Russia Explores Reconfiguring Gulf Security

Testing The Waters: Russia Explores Reconfiguring Gulf Security

Russia hopes to blow new life into a proposal for a multilateral security architecture in the Gulf, with the tacit approval of the Biden administration. If successful, the initiative would help stabilise the region, cement regional efforts to reduce tensions, and potentially prevent war-wracked Yemen from emerging as an Afghanistan on the southern border of Saudi Arabia…

String of Pearls: Yemen could be the Arab Hub of the Maritime Silk Road

String of Pearls: Yemen could be the Arab Hub of the Maritime Silk Road

The usual suspects tried everything against Yemen. First, coercing it into ‘structural reform.’ When that didn’t work, they instrumentalized takfiri mercenaries. They infiltrated and manipulated the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), ISIS. They used US drones and occasional marines. And then, in 2015, they went Total Warfare: a UN-backed rogue coalition started…