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Qatar’s surprising transfer of power : how will tamim rule?
Qatar witnessed a surprising transfer of power from its visionary emir to his son in a development that is rare in the Middle East. Will the peaceful and voluntary change of leadership set a new precedent in a region where ...
US freezing of military aid to Egypt : how much of a dent?
The decision by the Obama administration to freeze military aid deprives the Egyptian military of its favourite toys but does little to weaken its military capability. It further strains relations with key US allies in the ...
The Iran nuclear deal : rewriting the middle east map
The agreement to resolve the Iranian nuclear programme could rewrite the political map of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as strengthen the US pivot to Asia. It could also reintegrate Iran into the international ...
Gulf security : a risky new US-Saudi blueprint
Eager to reassure Saudi Arabia that the United States remains a reliable partner despite its apparent rapprochement with Iran, Washington has backed a new Gulf defence arrangement which would strengthen Saudi Arabia’s ...
The US bogeyman in post-coup Egypt
The military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi has presented the Obama administration with a dilemma. While the US saw its tacit backing for the Saudi-backed military intervention as a way of steering Egypt towards a ...
Egypt’s third way : a blend of Islamism and militarism
Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s failure in government may produce neither a return to former President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian police state nor a pluralistic democracy but a regime shaped by a new generation ...
Iran's new president: averting a popular revolt
The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's new president signals a possible change in direction in Iran’s foreign policy. It also underscores Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei’s apparent move to avert a popular uprising.
Military coup in Egypt : a recipe for failure
Egypt’s transition from autocracy to democracy has been waylaid by the two forces that threatened it from the outset: a military determined to retain its power behind the scenes and a Muslim Brotherhood that sought power ...
US tightrope walk : Arab autocrats try to redefine terrorism
The United States is walking a tightrope with US Secretary of State John Kerry’s controversial endorsement of the toppling of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi as a “restoration of democracy”. The endorsement is likely to ...
Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism : Qatar challenges Saudi Arabia
Qatar, a tiny energy-rich state in terms of territory and population, has exploded on to the world map as a major rival to the region’s behemoth, Saudi Arabia. By projecting itself through an activist foreign policy, an ...