US/Arab relations at risk in the election period. A bill allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts provokes a strong Arab reaction.
Expat labour in Qatar and the other GCC. States. Qatar under the microscope. Human trafficking report by the US State Department puts pressure on Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
Oman formally aligned with the GCC, but looking also to Iran and blue water. Developments at Duqm.
Obama’s visit to Riyadh, perhaps his last as president, at a difficult time. Saudi Arabia has changed.
Western style democracy a bad fit with indigenous Arab power structures. A snapshot of the hustings in an Egyptian town.
In Saudi Arabia and to differing degrees in the other GCC states economic pressures are bringing the balance between government and governed into question and threatening the Gulf variant of the social contract.
Migration – Europe at a loss, Turkey and the Arab have-nots carry the Syria burden, where are the haves?
A report by home-grown Gulf analysts exposes some of the GCC’s macro problems