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Geopolitics / Middle East

Gulf Cooperation Council Intervenes in Bahrain, in Unprecedented Move

Gulf Cooperation Council Intervenes in Bahrain, in Unprecedented Move

Mar 14, 2011 at 21:54 | Global Intelligence Report

It appears the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has taken the unprecedented step of intervening militarily in the affairs of another member state to crush the democratisation movement there, which is…

Russia Nervously Watching Events in the Middle East

Russia Nervously Watching Events in the Middle East

Mar 04, 2011 at 08:37 | Robert Coalson

Authoritarian regimes across the Middle East and North Africa are falling apart one by one. Even oil-rich states like Libya, Bahrain, and Oman are not immune to the unrest. But…

Delusional Gaddafi Ridiculed by the Arab World

Delusional Gaddafi Ridiculed by the Arab World

Feb 24, 2011 at 07:55 | IWPR

The speech by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on February 22 - which was derided by many Arab analysts as delusional - sparked an interesting reaction across both the Arab mainstream…

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Interest in Oil Rich Bahrain's Growing Unrest

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Interest in Oil Rich Bahrain's Growing Unrest

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:25 | David Caploe PhD

At the heart of the Bahrain crisis is a Sunni / Shia Muslim split that is not limited to the small island off Saudi Arabia, but extends throughout the Persian…

Iran-Turkey-Syria-Egypt Bloc Moves Closer With Profound Global Effect

Iran-Turkey-Syria-Egypt Bloc Moves Closer With Profound Global Effect

Feb 18, 2011 at 08:32 | Gregory R. Copley

Egyptian Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s decision on the night of February 10, 2011, to hand over some of the powers of the Presidency to Vice-Pres. Omar Suleiman can only be seen…

Ten Possible Strategic Ramifications of the Current Egyptian Unrest

Ten Possible Strategic Ramifications of the Current Egyptian Unrest

Feb 09, 2011 at 07:29 | Gregory R. Copley

The prospect of an imminent, uncontrolled change in the leadership of Egypt, or other political paralysis in the state, as a result of growing popular unrest which began in the…

Qatar’s Growing Influence and Economy and the Dangers That Come With It

Qatar’s Growing Influence and Economy and the Dangers That Come With It

Feb 03, 2011 at 07:21 | Open Democracy

The small Gulf state of Qatar has translated economic assets and creative diplomacy into extraordinary global influence. But the eclipse of regional giants such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia is…

Crisis in the Arab World: Energy, Water, Food and Justice

Crisis in the Arab World: Energy, Water, Food and Justice

Feb 01, 2011 at 08:04 | Open Democracy

The desperate act of an unemployed university graduate living in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid sparked a wave of popular unrest that in January 2011 overthrew the authoritarian regime…

Turmoil in The Middle East

Turmoil in The Middle East

Jan 29, 2011 at 12:17 | Business Insider

The force multipliers escalating events in the Middle East are television and social networking.  People in Egypt saw what happened in Tunisia and took heart.  People in Yemen were emboldened…

Iranian Fuel Blockade Hurting Afghan Civilians

Iranian Fuel Blockade Hurting Afghan Civilians

Jan 05, 2011 at 00:16 | RFE/RL staff

Afghans are grappling with rising fuel prices and dwindling supplies in the depth of winter, while convoys of relief aid stand idle just across the border with Iran. Thousands of…

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