Regional Discontent Surrounds Independent Kurdistan Referendum

As ISIS is hammered on all fronts in Iraq and Syria and ceases to exist as a viable territorial and economic entity, joint counterterrorism operations could potentially be undermined and affect regional security with the reopening of the Iraqi Kurdistan question through an independence referendum to be held on September […]

Military Exercises Along The Lebanese Border: Is This The Prelude To A New Conflict In The Middle East?

Several branches of the Israeli military have gathered along the Lebanese border to participate in the largest military exercises in decades, leading to fears of renewed conflict with the Lebanese-based militant group, Hezbollah. These actions represent only one aspect of the wider Israeli-Iranian proxy war, with both nations vying for […]

 IAEA Report Finds Iran In Compliance With Nuclear Deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last week that Iran continues to comply with its commitments established under the July 2015 nuclear deal. Through that agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the IAEA is tasked with monitoring and verifying specific nuclear-related agreements and reporting […]

Qatari Ambassador Returns To Iran, Despite Continuing Tension Between Gulf Nations 1

After nearly two years without diplomatic representation in Tehran, Qatar has restored its ambassadorship to Iran on August 26, 2017. The announcement comes as the crisis between Qatar and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), founded in 1981 as a political and economic union between the Gulf States, […]

Imperilled Iran Nuclear Deal

As the war of words continues to escalate in the Middle East between rival global and regional powers, the simmering tensions between the U.S., its staunchest allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Iran, which has grown to be increasingly influential and prestigious as a trustworthy power broker in the Middle […]

Despite Re-Opening Of Salwa Border And Potential Thaw In Qatar-Saudi Relations, Much Work Still Needed

This past Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal directive, effectively re-opening his kingdom’s only land border crossing with Qatar, allowing citizens from that country to attend this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. The move comes following a meeting between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah bin […]

Saudi Arabia Opens Borders For Qatari Pilgrims To Attend Hajj

Saudi Arabia has announced that it will open its land borders with Qatar to allow Qatari pilgrims access during the annual Hajj to Mecca, which will take place at the beginning of September this year.  This new development was preceded by border closures announced on June 5th after Saudi Arabia, […]

A Call For Neutrality In UN’s Syrian Peace Talks

In an open letter to Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s Syrian Special Envoy, a coalition of 160 Syrian civil society groups have voiced concerns that their peace talks are failing due to external influence from foreign nations. The letter reveals a deep-seated frustration with the UN’s peace processes as several […]