The UAE’s desire to counter Iran and maximize influence over Saudi domestic affairs is keeping it involved in Yemen, where its interests are not always in line with Saudi Arabia’s.
The recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation may reflect shifting dynamics in negotiations on Gaza, both regionally and internationally.
Regional crises, water scarcity, and low agricultural yields mean the Middle East is increasingly less able to feed itself.
There are a number of less visible impacts of the ongoing standoff in the Gulf.
Egypt and the UAE are maneuvering to bring Mohammed Dahlan back to Gaza.
The core U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf are to maintain the free flow of oil, prevent terrorist attacks against the United States, and prevent Iran from establishing its hegemony over the region.
Journalist Jihad al-Zein says the Arabs want to tame Qatar, but that the Gulf Cooperation Council will survive.
As the Qatar crisis worsens, Morocco is struggling to remain neutral.
The rise of Hindu nationalism in India is transforming Indian Muslims into second class citizens, while the South Asian brand of Islam has lost some autonomy because of growing influence from the Gulf.
The rapid escalation of tensions over the past few weeks carries significant implications for unity, security, and balance of power in the Gulf.