Recent attacks on Shia mosques suggest the Islamic State strategy in the Gulf is to provoke and exploit sectarian strife.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s lofty position may not outlast his father’s reign.
Although political considerations are the main drivers of Iran’s policy toward Syria, economic interests are playing an ever greater role.
Falling government revenues are pushing Bahrain’s government to implement economic reforms, but it will need to make political concessions to pursue long-term changes.
To protect its security interests in the long term, Riyadh may have little choice but to engage with the Houthis.
Islah’s limited options may push it toward rapprochement with the Houthis, but the party will derive few benefits as the latter ramps up its campaign against the state.
In the Middle East, producers are facing different effects of the recent drop in oil prices. Four oil experts explore the impact of falling prices on the economies of key regional producers.
Upcoming elections in Bahrain are likely to prompt more opposition protests, rather than providing a means of channeling and containing opposition activity.
Renewed high-level diplomatic activity between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may end their historic row as the GCC seeks policy alignment, particularly on security issues.
Although the Houthis are well-poised to acquire new territories and increase their influence within Yemen, neither development will bring about peace or prosperity for the country.
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is seeking to take advantage of the Houthi conflict to reestablish his influence and pave the way for his son to take power.
One year ago, Hassan Rouhani, a cleric running on a moderate platform, won the Iranian presidential election. How has he fared? Four Iranian experts discuss Rouhani’s policies and prospects for change.
The recent efforts to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization puts Bahrain’s leadership at odds with its domestic ally against the Shia opposition.
Though working on the premise of federalism, Yemen’s Constitution Drafting Committee is only reinforcing central presidential control.
Doha's foreign policy setbacks over the past year may press Qatar toward reconciliation with Saudi Arabia, despite their recent spat.
The falling out between Riyadh and Doha leaves Yemen divided over which patron to follow.
UN Security Council resolution 2140 could help Yemen achieve a smoother transition if implemented objectively and effectively, but it risks deepening political divides.
Regional Shia support for the Assad regime is more geopolitical than religious in nature.
Due to divisions within Iraq’s Shia establishment, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is losing the allies he would need to achieve re-election in 2014.
The ongoing conflict in Saada exposes the divides in Yemeni politics, which are likely to obstruct the National Dialogue Conference and country’s political transition.