Bahrain

 
  • Op-Ed
    The Gulf’s Achilles’ Heel
    Frederic Wehrey March 27, 2014 National Interest

    The political impasse of Bahrain is a festering wound in the Gulf. If left unaddressed, it will eventually threaten U.S. assets and people.

     
  • Other Publications
    Letter to Obama: Promote Bahrain Reform
    March 10, 2014

    Reform and stability can co-exist, and the United States must demonstrate the leadership needed to realize that model in the Gulf and help end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran v Sunni Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey February 18, 2014 United States Institute of Peace

    The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not driven primarily by a Sunni-Shiite divide or even Arab-Persian ethnic differences. The conflict is informed by two radically different models of government and two very different visions of regional order.

     
  • Other Publications
    Combating Unconventional Threats in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey December 6, 2013 The Uneasy Balance

    There is a clear convergence of interests between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the West in combating terrorism and piracy. But there are and will continue to be differences over the nature of domestic, political, and ideological challenges, and how best to address them.

     
  • Other Publications
    Syria’s Sectarian Ripples Across the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey November 18, 2013 United States Institute of Peace

    Like the Iraq war, Syria’s internecine conflict has enabled the Gulf’s ruling families, media commentators, clerics, parliamentarians, and activists to invoke and amplify Sunni-Shia identities, often for goals that are rooted in local power politics.

     
  • Op-Ed
    With Friends like These: Bahrain’s U.S.-Backed Military and the National Dialogue
    Frederic Wehrey March 14, 2013 World Politics Review

    Despite the appointment of a new deputy prime minister, international observers should be under no illusion about the forces still arrayed against compromise in Bahrain.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Human Rights and Sports Events
    Judy Dempsey February 18, 2013 New York Times

    Despite the support by some political parties in Europe, human rights organizations have been unable to prevent high-profile events taking place in autocratic countries.

     
  • Op-Ed
    An Attempt to Take Tools From Tyrants
    Judy Dempsey February 18, 2013 New York Times

    In a bid to prevent European companies from selling electronic eavesdropping gear to Bahrain, several groups have filed a complaint with the OECD.

     
  • Article
    Bahrain's Shifting Sands
    Sarah Chayes, Matar Matar February 13, 2013 Infographic

    Any solution to the current crisis in Bahrain needs to address the distortions of the island nation’s political economy.

     
  • Q&A
    Bahrain’s Lost Uprising
    Frederic Wehrey June 12, 2012 عربي

    Reform in Bahrain is at an impasse with internal divisions within both the ruling family and opposition, and the resumption of U.S. weapons sales to Bahrain did not help Washington’s capacity to push change in the right direction.

     
  • Sada Discussion
    Can Bahrain Find a Path Forward?
    Sada Debate October 24, 2013 عربي

    Bahrain remains mired in a political stalemate with little serious progress toward reconciliation and reform, but few signs of a return to the acute instability of 2011. Why has reconciliation been elusive, and will it remain so? Four experts on Bahrain weigh in.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Talks of Hope?
    Laurence Louër February 19, 2013 عربي

    Restoring trust amid Bahrain's highly polarized society will need a much more substantial approach to the country’s problems.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Bahrain: Human Rights and Political Wrongs
    Toby Jones September 25, 2012 عربي

    The crackdowns have only increased, but human rights defenders have gained significant political capital.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Are Bahrain’s Sunnis Still Awake?
    Justin Gengler June 25, 2012 عربي

    Bahrain’s Shi‘a-led demonstrations were quickly followed by Sunni-led counter-protests. Do these new movements represent a genuine shift in the political landscape?

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    The Kingdoms United?
    Nima Khorrami Assl May 22, 2012 عربي

    Whispers of a Bahraini-Saudi union have long abounded. Yet only recently has the matter been discussed realistically—most visibly during May 14’s GCC meeting. Is such a union possible?

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    The War of the Words: Bahrain's Struggle over Local Coverage
    Nada al-Wadi May 3, 2012 عربي

    The media and the state are fighting to control the narrative both at home and abroad.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Houses Divided: the Splintering of Bahrain’s Political Camps
    Laurence Louër April 4, 2012 عربي

    The opposition is splitting up—but so are supporters of the regime.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Impact of the Global Crisis on Bahraini Labor
    Laurence Clements July 7, 2009 عربي

    This case study from Bahrain shows how workers and unions are responding to the global economic crisis.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Are Constitutional Amendments Possible in Bahrain?
    Mansoor al-Jamri April 2, 2009 عربي

    Opposition Shi'i deputies in parliament have had unusual success lately in getting agreement from pro-government Sunni deputies on amending the constitution to increase the powers of the elected lower house. But even with such cooperation the legislative process will be nearly impossible to navigate.

     
  • Sada - Analysis
    Bahrain's Parliament: The Quest for a Role
    Abdulhadi Khalaf August 22, 2008 عربي

    Since the October 2002 elections that reinstated Bahrain's parliament after a 27-year suspension, its deputies have been trying to carve out a meaningful role for themselves. Their recent unsuccessful attempt to supervise the actions of the executive branch illustrates the difficulty of their quest.

     
  • Op-Ed
    The Gulf’s Achilles’ Heel
    Frederic Wehrey March 27, 2014 National Interest

    The political impasse of Bahrain is a festering wound in the Gulf. If left unaddressed, it will eventually threaten U.S. assets and people.

     
  • Policy Outlook
    A New U.S. Approach to Gulf Security
    Frederic Wehrey March 10, 2014 عربي video

    The United States must focus more on promoting political and security sector reforms in the Gulf that are critical to long-term regional stability by better integrating its use of military and diplomatic tools.

     
  • Other Publications
    Letter to Obama: Promote Bahrain Reform
    March 10, 2014

    Reform and stability can co-exist, and the United States must demonstrate the leadership needed to realize that model in the Gulf and help end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Ominous Divide: Shiite Iran v Sunni Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey February 18, 2014 United States Institute of Peace

    The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not driven primarily by a Sunni-Shiite divide or even Arab-Persian ethnic differences. The conflict is informed by two radically different models of government and two very different visions of regional order.

     
  • Event
    Book Launch: Sectarian Politics in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Marc Lynch January 14, 2014 Washington, DC

    The spillover of Syria’s war into Lebanon and Iraq, combined with the widening involvement of Iran and Saudi Arabia, has spawned dire predictions of sectarian conflict engulfing the entire Middle East.

     
  • Book
    Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings
    Frederic Wehrey December 17, 2013 Columbia University Press video

    Although religious differences and regional influences play a role, the rise of sectarianism in the Gulf is ultimately rooted in longstanding problems of governance and elite manipulation of Sunni-Shia identities.

     
  • Other Publications
    Combating Unconventional Threats in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey December 6, 2013 The Uneasy Balance

    There is a clear convergence of interests between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the West in combating terrorism and piracy. But there are and will continue to be differences over the nature of domestic, political, and ideological challenges, and how best to address them.

     
  • Other Publications
    Syria’s Sectarian Ripples Across the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey November 18, 2013 United States Institute of Peace

    Like the Iraq war, Syria’s internecine conflict has enabled the Gulf’s ruling families, media commentators, clerics, parliamentarians, and activists to invoke and amplify Sunni-Shia identities, often for goals that are rooted in local power politics.

     
  • Sada Discussion
    Can Bahrain Find a Path Forward?
    Sada Debate October 24, 2013 عربي

    Bahrain remains mired in a political stalemate with little serious progress toward reconciliation and reform, but few signs of a return to the acute instability of 2011. Why has reconciliation been elusive, and will it remain so? Four experts on Bahrain weigh in.

     
  • Event
    Gulf Diplomacy in a Shifting Middle East: Continuity, Change, and Implications for the United States
    Frederic Wehrey, Abdullah Al Shayji, Gregory Gause, Mehran Kamrava, Fahad Nazer October 24, 2013 Washington, DC

    Recent and dramatic developments in the Middle East have presented new challenges to the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states.

     

Carnegie Experts on Bahrain

  • Lina Khatib
    Director
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

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  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

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  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

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