Saudi Arabia’s Naval Blockade on Yemen Increases Animosity Towards the United States

The horrendous Yemeni Civil War began in March 2015 as the Houthis—a Shia militia and Iranian proxy—attempted to seize control of the Yemeni government led by President Hadi. Saudi Arabia—the Middle East’s Sunni capital—and other Sunni-majority states hastily entered the conflict by bombarding the Houthis with airstrikes and placing a naval blockade within two years … More Saudi Arabia’s Naval Blockade on Yemen Increases Animosity Towards the United States

President Trump’s Latest Decisions to Close the Palestinian Liberation Organization Mission and Cut Aid to UNRWA Will Further Destabilize the Peace Process

The past 19 months, Palestinians, Israelis, and a number of Arab states anticipated President Trump’s Middle East peace plan.[i]During this waiting period, Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, cut humanitarian aid to the United Nations Relief Work Agency (UNRWA) which supports Palestinians, and most recently, closed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Mission in … More President Trump’s Latest Decisions to Close the Palestinian Liberation Organization Mission and Cut Aid to UNRWA Will Further Destabilize the Peace Process

Qatar-Iran Economic Relations Will Improve, Contrary to Saudi Arabia’s Intent

Saudi Arabia’s attempt to isolate Qatar will backfire and lead to Qatar improving economic relations with Iran. On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), cut diplomatic ties with Qatar,[1] and Egypt and Yemen soon did the same. The Saudi coalition’s ostensible reason for these diplomatic cuts was that Qatar … More Qatar-Iran Economic Relations Will Improve, Contrary to Saudi Arabia’s Intent