Articles on The Gulf

Onshore balancing: The threat to Oman's neutrality (Commentary)

Camille Lons - 03 April 2019

Oman's decision to grant the US Navy access to strategically important ports reflects intensifying global rivalry between the US and China. Europe can work to keep Oman a neutral mediator.

Inertia on the Red Sea coast: Will Yemen’s political process collapse? (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 15 March 2019

Three months after the signing of the Stockholm Agreement, a frail hope of de-escalation in Yemen remains - but only if the warring parties soon implement its key measures. 

The end of the post-Khashoggi era? Europe's collapsing unity on Saudi Arabia (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 06 March 2019

As key EU member states quietly resume their strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia, Europe's unified position towards the Kingdom, together with its leverage over it, has begun to fray. 

Out of Stockholm: Diplomacy and de-escalation in Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 15 January 2019

More than three years after a Saudi-led military coalition and its Yemeni allies captured Aden, the city remains shrouded in the marks of war

The road to Uppsala: Opportunity and urgency in Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 11 December 2018

This past weekend, the first steps toward political dialogue in Yemen took place in Sweden; but with a large part of the country on the brink of famine, a sense of urgency remains

Hudayda’s collapsing stalemate: A new act in the Yemen war (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 14 November 2018

Stockholm is set to host peace talks later this month to end the war in Yemen, but those may now be postponed due to a new outbreak of violence in the country 

Yemen’s diplomatic discord (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 12 September 2018

After the collapse of planned consultations in Geneva, a new round of formal peace talks seems unlikely before the end of the year.

Hudayda on the brink: A turning point in Yemen’s war? (Commentary)

James Firebrace - 15 August 2018

The Yemeni port of Hudayda must be protected, or the war will spill outside of the country's borders

Port in a Decisive Storm: The battle for Hudayda (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 21 June 2018

As the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen fights to take control of Hudayda, the city's future remains clouded

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.