Category Archives: Middle East

It’s time to end the ‘special relationship’ with Israel


The benefits of US support no longer outweigh the costs By Stephen M. Walt The latest round of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians ended in the usual way: with a cease-fire that left Palestinians worse off and the core issues

Violence shakes Trump’s boast of “New Middle East”


Trump officials said the Abraham Accords between Israel and four Arab states would transform the region, but new Israeli-Palestinian clashes lay bare the limits of that change By Michael Crowley It was, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed in September, “the

Secret India – Pakistan peace roadmap brokered by top UAE royals


By Sudhi Ranjan Sen About 24 hours after military chiefs from India and Pakistan surprised the world last month with a rare joint commitment to respect a 2003 cease-fire agreement, the top diplomat of the United Arab Emirates popped over

Iran – Taliban growing ties: What’s different this time?

Iran - Taliban growing ties

Iran would be an essential player in such a project and it would be a political and security win for Tehran if it successfully mediates between the Taliban and the Afghan government. However, it is imperative that the Afghan government

Saudi Crown Prince is held responsible for Khashoggi killing in US report

Saudi Crown Prince is held responsible

But the Biden administration stopped short of directly penalizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calculating that the risk of damaging American interests was too great By Julian E. Barnes and David E. Sanger Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi

British MPs urge UK to impose sanctions on Riyadh for detaining royals

British MPs urge UK to impose sanctions 1

Cross-party probe concludes that Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Ahmed are being mistreated in detention British MPs have called on their government and other countries to impose “Magnitsky-style” sanctions on Saudi Arabia and halt extraditions to the kingdom in response

Iran tells MBZ it will hit UAE in response to a US attack

Iran tells MBZ it will hit UAE

Threat given to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed directly hours before Emirati statement condemning assassination of nuclear scientist Tehran “directly” contacted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed last weekend, threatening the United Arab Emirates in the event

Gulf Sheikhs resent subaltern role


By M. K. Bhadrakumar The tabling of a “bipartisan” legislation in the US Congress on October 1 reiterating American commitment to Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) creates an extraordinary dimension to the geopolitics and military balance in the Middle East

Two deep mysteries of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war


By Eric S. Margolis Re-armed with modern but by no means top drawer Soviet weapons, Egypt and Syria sought to drive the Israelis back, then wait for the great powers to impose a truce. It was a badly flawed strategy,

War Clouds in Middle East

Once ‘War’ was a term feared by masses and was one which wasn’t used casually. Nowadays, people have become accustomed to it and insensitive to its effects. Technological advancements has facilitated in weaponing almost everything. Knowledge is being acquired for