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Middle East/North Africa Outlook for 2017 Security

2017 Preview: Oman threatened as risks multiply

While Oman has so far managed to weather the storm of violence and instability gripping much of the Middle East, 2017 will present a range of challenges that threaten to undermine the country.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Breaking down the Middle East’s sectarian tensions

The impact of rising Saudi-Iran tension has serious repercussions for peace talks. However, simple-minded sectarianism isn’t always so clear-cut when considering the region’s complex conflicts. One of the messages that

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen conflict reveals shortcomings of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy

With its vast oil riches and status as custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, Saudi Arabia has long practiced conservative and discreet foreign relations. But since his ascent to the throne, King Salman has

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran tests Saudi, American resolve in the Gulf of Aden

Last week, an Iranian humanitarian vessel departed from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran, heading for the Houthi-held port of Hudaydah in Yemen. The manifest claimed a cargo of humanitarian

International Politics

Camp David summit fails to mend disagreements between US and its Gulf allies

The meeting between President Obama and leaders of the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC), intended to reassure Gulf allies of American support despite an impending nuclear agreement with Iran, instead highlighted the increasing number

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Not just a proxy war: Yemen’s strategic importance

Yemen is a relatively small, poor, and remote country. However, recent airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition against the advancing Houthi rebels have highlighted the strategic importance of this country.  When

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Yemen crisis increases oil price volatility

Instability over Houthi insurgency and Saudi air strikes in Yemen have caused increased oil price volatility. It is fair to say that instability will continue in Yemen for some time

Middle East/North Africa Security

Joint Arab military forces deepens the Saudi-Iran conflict

Arab leaders often concluded their annual Arab Summit meetings with verbal statements regarding the region’s issues, rather than taking any substantial measures. However, this year’s summit held on the 28th of

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Yemen follow in the footsteps of Libya and Syria?

Yemen has been thrown into turmoil in recent months. Its continued existence as a unified state is increasingly called into question. In the middle of a difficult political transition since

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen’s Houthi rebels’ goals remain unclear

Yemen is rudderless following the resignation of its president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on January 22. The Houthi rebels’ ultimate goals and Yemen’s future, tied to regional stability, remain in