Articles on The Gulf

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?

Cracks in the Saudi-Emirati alliance? (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 13 September 2019

Policymakers have closely watched the emergence of an apparent rift between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as an ostensible attempt at rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in recent weeks. The dynamics of the Gulf can have significant implications for European economic and political interests.

Prime mover: Johnson and the UK-Iran crisis (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 24 July 2019

Boris Johnson's first foreign policy test will be avoiding stumbling the UK into a broader confrontation with Iran.

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.