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Libya the Sign of a Newly Proactive Gulf

Jane Kinninmont, The Guardian

Time for a U.S. Triage in the Mideast

Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

The Stateless Bedouin of the UAE

Katie Cella, Boston Review

Life as a Dubai Guest Worker

Cynthia Gorney, National Geographic

Want to know what happens when the U.S. retreats from a leadership role in the Middle East? This is what happens–Egypt and the United Arab Emirates together collaborate to stag...(full article)

Whatever has happened in Libya in the past few days – with the US claiming that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several airstrikes on Islamist militias – it is...(full article)

As many have already noted, if the U.S. government uses force against ISIS on behalf of the Maliki government in Iraq, it will in effect be allying itself with Iran—not such a ho...(full article)

Less than a quarter of the roughly nine million people who live in the Emirates are citizens. The rest are expatriates from almost every corner of the globe, ranging from wealthy b...(full article)

In today’s hyperconnected world, many developing countries find that their most lucrative export is people. The foreign workers and their families must grapple with an inevit...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Sport's Hidden Slaves - Rafia Zakaria, Dawn

In the words of historians, gladiator games, which pitched warriors against wild animals, convicted criminals, or slaves, provided the organisers with great opportunities for self-...

What Iran Can Do to Ease Gulf Tensions - Daily Star

Iran has plenty of cards to play if it truly wants to see an improvement in its relations with individual Gulf countries and this region as a whole. If such an initiative is taken ...

Western Games Being 'Culturalized' for Arabs - Colin Campbell, Polygon

They do things differently in Saudi Arabia, in Abu Dhabi and in Egypt. In the countries of the Middle East, where Arabic is spoken and where, to a greater or lesser extent, religio...

The Other Arab Awakening - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Gulf leaders still have no time for one-man, one-vote democracy. But, in the wake of the Arab Spring, they’re deeply concerned with their legitimacy, which they are discoveri...

Dubai Seeks Sandwich-eating Tips from Royals - Tanya Gold, Guardian

The London season, in which debutantes curtsied to cakes, has reanimated itself in Dubai. It is the revenge of new money on old....

To Free Arab Lands, First Free Arab Minds - Rami Khouri, Daily Star

Every other democratic practice in society – free media, voting, civil society activism – relies on the foundation of freedom of expression. One of the reasons the Arab world h...

The Post-American Mall - Roger Cohen, New York Times

I flew to Brazil from Dubai, a 15-hour nonstop flight favored by Chinese businessmen pursuing investments in South America. Most days there are two packed flights, one to Rio and o...

The New Arab Capitals - Ursula Lindsey, The Arabist

Needless to say, the claim that Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have become what Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo once were to the Arab world raised many hackles....

The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies - Chris Davidson, Foreign Aff.

An especially brittle monarchy succumbing to pressure over Western involvement, Iran, or Israel could easily be the first domino to fall, undoing the illusion of invincibility that...

Why Is Britain Embracing UAE's Sheik? - Donald Campbell, New Statesman

Three British citizens continue to be held under appalling conditions in the United Arab Emirates, while the Government prepares to host the country's unelected leader for a state ...

The World's Most Affluent Metro Areas - Wendell Cox, New Geography

Among the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest GDP per capita, nine are in the United States (Figure 1). Hartford ($79,900 per capita), for the second year in a row, was ranked t...

Gulf Monarchs Are Beginning to Panic - The Economist

As every monarch in the Gulf knows, even geysers of oil cannot keep all your subjects happy all of the time. Still, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may have been surprised that his r...

For Arabs, a State of Abandonment - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The variety of Arab government systems, ruling establishments and socio-economic conditions varies immensely across the region, but the fundamental imbalance and distortion in citi...

Ten Big, Overlooked Stories from 2012 - Joshua Keating, Foreign Policy

Ten events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2013....

Bright, Shiny Tinderboxes of the Persian Gulf - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg

Visiting the Gulf monarchies over the years, I have heard numerous tales of merciless exploitation, denunciations of the overpaid and idle native citizens and grievances about the ...

'Flexibility' on U.S. Foreign Policy Starts Now - The National

Obama needs to show flexibility toward the Mideast....

Britain Will Regret Gulf Protection Racket - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

Sooner or later the Arab despots David Cameron is selling arms to will fall, and the states that backed them will pay the price....

How America Looks from the Middle East - Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA

The U.S. Administration of President Barak Obama is about to complete its first term in office and is hoping to win another term in the upcoming elections on November 6. In previou...

Arab Spring in the UAE? - Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, openDemocracy

As a deeply-tribal and largely homogeneous society that has also engaged heavily both in state-branding and institutional partnerships in recent years, the security crackdown in th...

The First Victim of Obama's New War - The Hindu

Mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf have come home to India in a most tragic way: An Indian has been killed and three more injured when a United States Navy vessel fired on the...

The World's Worst Immigration Policies - Talia Ralph, Global Post

The US Supreme Court voted Monday to uphold one of the most controversial parts of Arizona's immigration law: the requirement that police check the status of someone suspected of...

Saudi Arabia's More Perfect Union - Bruce Riedel, The National Interest

The Saudis don't try to impose their will on the neighborhood but instead try to persuade the others to follow. Even last year's GCC intervention in Bahrain was at the invitation...

A Tiny Island Is Where Iran Makes a Stand - Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times

For Iranians, whose country's borders have shrunk in the past 200 years after wars and unfavorable deals by corrupt shahs, territorial issues are a delicate matter. So a renewed c...

The Rise of Arab Republics? - Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, Al Jazeera

Political developments may bring a game of musical chairs between Arab monarchies, Arab republics and the West....

Dubai Becomes Pivotal in Iran Dispute - Sonia Verma, Globe and Mail

Today, the success of sanctions rests largely on what happens in the glittering Gulf sheikdom of Dubai, a lifeline for Iran that has long served as a lucrative haven for legitima...

Iranian Claims to Islands Whitewash History - Peter Hellyer, The National

Mr Ahmadinejad's visit was the first to Abu Musa by any Iranian leader since Iranian troops landed on the island shortly before the establishment of the UAE a little over 40 year...

Iran Escalates Gulf Tension - Sultan Al Qassemi, Al Monitor

Another crisis is brewing in the Middle East, this time between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Iranian president Ahmadinejad took the unprecedented step...

Iran and the Battle for Bahrain - Brandon Friedman, World Affairs Journal

The Saudis and their neighboring Sunni Arab rulers along the Gulf littoral are now responding to what they see as the challenge of Iran as much as to last year’s events in ...

'Democracy Promotion' Is Arrogant Meddling - Robert Merry, Nat'l Interest

The Times reports that the United Arab Emirates has shut down the offices of the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit U.S. agency whose mission is to promote democracy around...

Iran Nukes May Threaten Arab Oil - Joshua Jacobs, The Commentator

In early January the US announced an agreement to supply the UAE with two Terminal High Altitude Defence Batteries (THAAD), 96 missiles, and 30 years’ worth of spare parts. The ...

Small Gulf States Flex Their Muscle - Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, Gulf News

The net beneficiary of the shift in regional balance of power and the vacuum of leadership are the small states. Most of ‘the one inch' lost by the major league actors has ...

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