Why the Gulf desire for US patronage?

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] In the King AbdulAziz museum in Riyadh, there is a picture of King AbdulAziz and the then-king of Bahrain sitting next to each other. My guide was keen to show the picture and encouraged me to marvel at it. From my perspective, it was no different from other historical photos you might see of leaders sitting next to …

Egypt rejects Qatari offer to mediate between Sisi and the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt has rejected an offer by Qatar to mediate between Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and supporters of the currently imprisoned and ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The rejection comes days after Egypt flamboyantly announced its ‘gift to the world’ during the opening of the new Suez Canal in which Sisi and his supporters attempted to demonstrate a show of …

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …