Articles on The Gulf

Oman: between Iran and a hard place (Commentary)

Camille Lons - 03 May 2018

Oman has historically been careful to balance its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, allowing it to play a useful role mediating regional disputes. However, as the region’s anti-Iran rhetoric is ramping up and the Sultanate is having to deal with its own domestic issues, neutrality is becoming harder to maintain.

The Importance of Being Envoy: Advice to the new UN Representative to Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 11 April 2018

Martin Griffiths has an opportunity to serve as a bridge between international and regional actors and to benefit from European diplomatic initiatives.

Saleh’s dramatic death returns Yemen to the spotlight (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 05 December 2017

The former president’s death makes diplomatic engagement all the more difficult, but also underlines the folly of leaving Yemen on the backburner.

Saudi Arabia: Bold moves or brinksmanship? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 22 November 2017

Mohammad bin Salman is engaged in a risky bid to remake Saudi Arabia at the same time as rebalancing power regionally.

Not only a pawn in their game (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 16 November 2017

The war in Yemen has its own domestic logic, independent of the Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war’.

Local actors hold key to de-escalation in Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 30 August 2017

Engagement with power brokers in Marib, Mukalla, Taiz and Aden is key to avoid mistakes of Sanaa-centric post-2011 transitional process.

Qatar crisis widening regional fault lines (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 14 June 2017

The situation in Qatar is exacerbating intra-Sunni fractures just as tensions with Iran heat up

Yemen beginning to come apart at the seams (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 30 May 2017

Europeans should consider three sets of actions that could help stabilize the conflict.

Yemen is fast becoming a global, not regional, problem (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 04 April 2017

As commentators look back on two years of the Saudi-led military campaign, international policy must look forward if the country is to survive.

Time to grapple with Yemen’s new reality (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 11 October 2016

Even if international actors are able to avoid responsibility for Yemen’s plight, they will not be able to avoid the spillover from its collapse.