Articles on The Gulf

Israel-UAE peace deal: Flipping the regional order of the Middle East (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco & Hugh Lovatt - 14 August 2020

The Israel-UAE peace deal provides multiple wins for both countries, and for the US. But it could yet deepen the region’s political fault lines. 

The Yemen conflict: Southern separatism in action (Commentary)

Helen Lackner - 08 May 2020

The Southern Transitional Council’s declaration of “self-rule” threatens to revive the internecine feuds of previous generations.

Saudi Arabia, energy geopolitics, and the big production cut (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 20 April 2020

Saudi Arabia took a major risk in launching the oil price war. There may be a political price to pay.

Game of chicken: How the oil price war threatens the Gulf (Commentary)

David Jalilvand - 20 March 2020

The Russian-Saudi oil spat is exacerbating volatility in the Gulf – and beyond.

Home and away: Mohammad Bin Salman projects his power (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 12 March 2020

The Saudi leadership’s recent robust moves could mark the start of the crown prince’s long-awaited ascent to the throne.

Yemen: Why the Riyadh Agreement is collapsing (Commentary)

Helen Lackner - 03 February 2020

The strategic ambitions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been diverging in Yemen – to the detriment of hopes for peace on the ground.

After Qaboos: The future of Oman and Gulf geopolitics (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 14 January 2020

The fractious context of the Gulf means Oman’s new ruler could soon find himself seeking to emulate his predecessor and championing regional diplomatic dialogue

Saudi Arabia’s frozen-conflict tactics (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 07 November 2019

Saudi Arabia is suspending its assertive foreign policy, seeking to prevent an escalation in tensions.

Weathering the storm: Saudi Arabia one year after Khashoggi (Commentary)

Eman Alhussein - 02 October 2019

Will admitting responsibility at the highest levels be enough to turn international opinion back in Saudi Arabia’s favour?