Evolving power dynamics in the United Arab Emirates

Even though Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed has been the real “power behind the throne” in Abu Dhabi for several years now, he has trodden carefully on the federal stage, mindful of the need to avoid unbalancing Al Nahyan family dynamics as well as inter-emirate relations with Dubai. What is significant is that the government reshuffle aligns with other recent developments in the past three months indicating that these constraints have now been shed. Continue Reading

From Desert Storm to Implementation Day, a Gulf of expectations

Many in the Gulf now openly wonder whether U.S. support can still be relied upon, given the speed with which the U.S. government has engaged Iran in negotiation and diplomacy since 2013. This incomprehension may lead to further instability in the Middle East as the Gulf States continue to take increasingly unilateral action in Yemen and other regional conflict zones. Continue Reading