The Elephant in the Room: No One Is Discussing On UAE Missile and Drone Defense

The Elephant in the Room: No One Is Discussing On UAE Missile and Drone Defense

It is quite ironic with all of the discussion and attention by the United States and Israel in regards to the Iran Nuclear Peace Deal that a more dangerous discussion has not been included. When the United States President George W. Bush and his CIA concocted the WMD scandal in order to invade Iraq, the…

Why the Houthis are Taking the Fight to the UAE – Yemen’s War Just got More Complicated

Why the Houthis are Taking the Fight to the UAE – Yemen’s War Just got More Complicated

If Yemen remains an indecipherable puzzle for even the most astute of analysts, the Houthis’ decision of late to bring fire and brimstones to the UAE – a player who so far averted the ire of the movement by limiting its meddling to the southern part of the country, a region the Houthis have long…

Christmas Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Plays Catch-Up in Religious Soft Power Rivalry

Christmas Arrives in Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Plays Catch-Up in Religious Soft Power Rivalry

Long banned, Christmas has finally, at least tacitly, arrived in Saudi Arabia; just don’t use the name in marketing or be ostentatious about your tree. Coffeeshops serving beverages in red cups with snowflakes on them are ok. So is the sale of soap bars named ‘Tis the Season and Vanilla Bean Noel. Christmas trees that…

Israel Ponders a Pax Sinica

Israel Ponders a Pax Sinica

Efraim Halevy, the former head of Israel’s foreign intelligence service Mossad, said on December 14 that China has played a critical role in nuclear negotiations with Iran now underway in Vienna. According to Israel’s Channel 7, Halevy said, “The only player who can be effective and bring about progress in the Vienna debates is the…

Syria’s Fate Is Inseparable from the League of Arab States

Syria’s Fate Is Inseparable from the League of Arab States

Algeria is hosting the Arab League summit next March, and perhaps the essential item on the agenda will be Syria’s return to the League of Arab States (LAS). The Arab Republic of Syria membership was suspended at the Arab Summit in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. In retrospect, this was a hasty and ill-advised decision by Arab…