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Yemen’s Forgotten Christians

The story of Yemen’s Christians is a microcosm of the story of Islam’s Christians… Continue reading

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The Al Houla atrocity: The outcome of nuclear diplomacy with Iran

Bashar Assad and his army chiefs can safely carry on with their “unspeakable crimes” for the next six months under the Iranian-Russian umbrella… Continue reading

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Riyadh Enters the Yemen-Huthi Fray

On August 11, 2009, the Yemeni government launched “Operation Scorched Earth,” aimed at putting an end to the Huthi uprising that had destabilized the country’s northern province of Sa’da for more than five years… Continue reading

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America and the Arab Spring

A year ago this week, on January 25, 2011, the ground began to crumble under then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s feet… Continue reading

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After the “Arab Spring”: Will Freedom Take Hold in the Arab World?

At the end of 2011 is anyone in the Arabic-speaking world better off as a result of the upheavals of the Arab Spring… Continue reading

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Overviewing Shi’a-Sunni Conflicts

As we approach the end of the first year of what has been called the Arab Spring… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Syrian-Iranian Show of Solidarity Masks Tensions over Iraq, Yemen and War with Israel

Assad resisted Iranian arguments for closer bilateral coordination in Iraq and Yemen and flatly rejected being drawn into a war between Iran and Israel… Continue reading

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A Saudi Writer Explains the “Muslim Brotherhood Spring”

What we are seeing is a political Islamist tsunami… Continue reading

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FM Abubakr Al-Qirbi Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

Despite limited resources, the Government continued to make every effort to fight Al Qaeda… Continue reading

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Fouad Ajami: A Genuine Arab Hero

Edward Said is treated like a guru and hero; Fouad Ajami isn’t… Continue reading

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The Emptying of Yemen

For the first time in its exceedingly long history, Yemen now threatens the outside world… Continue reading

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Economy: Humpty Obumpty and the Arab Spring

Pay close attention to this article by the analytical artist who calls himself “Spengler.” He has been arguing… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Yemen – Who Are The Houthis?

Given the Houthis’ opacity and the government’s exaggerated claims about their goals, it is difficult to know what exactly… Continue reading

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Will the Arab Uprisings Result in the Emergence of a Sunni Bloc Dominated by Turkey?

Against the background of the fall of the autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, the massive demonstrations in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Saudi Defence Minister Explains Targeting of Yemeni Rebels with Air Strikes

U.S. Ambassador met with Assistant Minister of Defense and Aviation Prince Khaled bin Sultan to relay U.S. concerns about sharing… Continue reading

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How Many Points did Iran and Islamists Score So Far this Year?

Events in the Middle East have moved so quickly that one almost needs a daily scorecard to keep up. This article will try to give a basic picture… Continue reading

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Multiple Crises – Yemen Next

Since the ousting of Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Husni Mubarak, the change Yemen is undergoing is lost in the dramatic events… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Who will succeed Saleh in Yemen?

After 27 years in power, President Saleh’s recent announcement that he would not seek another term… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Yemeni insiders Increasingly Frustrated with Saleh Clan

President Saleh is more interested in enriching his family than in making the strategic choices necessary to lead Yemen into the future… Continue reading

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Yemen Declares ‘State of Emergency’ after Protest Massacre

President Saleh announces state of emergency after dozens are killed in a crackdown on anti-government protests. Witnesses… Continue reading

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Foreign Troops go into Bahrain

Saudi and United Arab Emirates troops crossed into Bahrain Monday, March 14 to support the king against escalating anti-throne demonstrations… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Yemen President Saleh says Foreign Forces are Wrecking his Country

President Saleh tells the US that from the UK, Qatar and Libya aiding the southerners, to Iran and Hezbollah engineering the Houthi rebellion… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Egypt’s Increasing Efforts to Combat Hamas-Related Smuggling Activity

The government of Egypt claims to have increased its efforts against Hamas-related smuggling activity, and reports recent success in… Continue reading

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The Coming Challenge to Democracy in the Middle East

Today, the Friends of Israel Initiative released its 3rd dispatch. In the dispatch they featured a nice piece about the challenges to democracy the Middle East will… Continue reading

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Iranian Students Urge Muslims to Chant ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ in Solidarity with Egyptians, Tunisians

The Association of Unity among Muslim Students called on Muslims around the world to chant ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ (God is Great) slogan on Thursday night in a unified move to voice their solidarity… Continue reading

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