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Why the Gulf States Are So Edgy
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Why the Gulf States Are So Edgy
April 15, 2019

The Gulf grandees have a right to be edgy, Alastair Crooke writes. They can see that Trump’s ‘war hawks’ are intent on cornering, pressurising and provoking Iran.

The Dis-United Arab Emirates
April 11, 2019

With the palace rivalries among the emirates of the UAE and the monarchies in the GCC, the region is prone to outside provocateurs and influence-peddlers, Wayne Madsen writes.

The Dis-United Arab Emirates
World
Entering a Major Regional Re-set – The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War
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Entering a Major Regional Re-set – The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War
January 14, 2019

The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’.

Reviving the Concept of an ‘Arab NATO’: Washington Convenes a Gulf Arab States Summit
September 1, 2018

Iran, in addition to Hezbollah, is being used as a bogeyman to justify the need for a new alliance.

Reviving the Concept of an ‘Arab NATO’: Washington Convenes a Gulf Arab States Summit
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE Forge New Military Alliance
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Saudi Arabia and the UAE Forge New Military Alliance
December 7, 2017

The GCC has failed to address the controversial issue. The bloc will never be the same. It is fragmenting and its very existence is in question. We have a new political and military alliance emerging to change the Middle East’s landscape.

The Destructiveness of America’s Alliances
July 12, 2017

Alliances between nations are military. Without being military, they would be nothing at all. Trade agreements don’t require alliances. World War I wouldn’t have occurred if there had not been alliances — it was built upon alliances. It was not built on trade agreements…

The Destructiveness of America’s Alliances
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Saudi Arabia is Weakening US Influence in the Middle East
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Saudi Arabia is Weakening US Influence in the Middle East
June 29, 2017

In a series of almost unprecedented events among Washington's regional allies, the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar seems to worsen by the day. The long-awaited list of demands presented to Doha by Riyadh seem to be intentionally impractical, as if to oblige Qatar to plead guilty to the crimes alleged by the Saudi kingdom or face the consequences, still unknown…

Crises over Qatar Reaches New Levels: Assessing Implications
June 25, 2017

The support for Arab Sunni rebels in Syria will probably dwindle as pro-Turkey and pro-Saudi forces will have to choose sides. The US will face a very serious problem if Kurds in Syria and Turley are supported by the Saudi-led bloc. With no unified Saudi-led Sunni Arab bloc behind it, Washington will have less wiggle room during the talks on delineating de-escalation zones. The influence of the Russia-Turkey-Iran coalition in Syria will grow. All major actors involved in the ongoing conflict have taken sides, except Russia. It makes Moscow best suited for heading the mediation efforts to prevent the worst form happening.

Crises over Qatar Reaches New Levels: Assessing Implications
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