Reports that Iran has expressed an interest in acquiring naval bases in Yemen and Syria has sent regional observers abuzz. Though many doubt that Iran has the resources to make good on any significant expansion, the mere announcement of intent has affected the mood in the region.
Drawn from the generation privileged to have witnessed the transition of the United Arab Emirates from one of the little-known Trucial States under British administration when our lives were fraught with daily struggles to survive, each National Day my heart swells with pride at my country’s
Established in 1981, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is made up of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
I have been urging Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) heads of state to form an economic bloc for over a decade, and in light of increased instability the move is not only necessary but urgent.
Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign caught many by surprise, including the Middle Eastern press.
Free and fair elections are one of democracy’s main pillars as is the smooth and peaceful transfer of power. America has chosen and, whether one approves of that choice or not, it should be accepted and respected both at home and abroad.
As the world begins to come to terms with the election of Donald Trump in the United States, the Middle East has been reacting to the long-awaited election of a new Lebanese president, Mr. Michel Aoun, and the appointment of Saad Hariri as the country’s new prime minister.
Iraqi forces have reached the city of Mosul and are preparing for what might turn out to be prolonged street-by-street fighting against Islamic State fighters.
I am currently travelling around the United States after spending a very enlightening few days in Washington, DC, where I was privileged to address delegates attending the 25th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference for the second year running.
With a little over a week until the United States picks its next president, regional observers and editorials continue to worry over what has been an unpredictable and unconventional election season.