Saudi Arabia’s No Good, Very Bad War in Yemen

The consequences of the failed Yemen war for the GCC will be far-ranging and quite severe.

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Why the Islamic State Must Provoke a Civil War In Saudi Arabia

To secure itself, the Islamic State must destroy its nearest Sunni Arab rivals, and Saudi Arabia is a tempting target.

The United Arab Emirates Goes To War (And for the rulers, all bets are off)

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The Geopolitics of the United Arab Emirates (Or, A Study In How Small Places Avoid Getting Wiped Out)

As my home for four years, I got to know the United Arab Emirates quite well.  It was a strange, fucked up place full of wonders that shouldn't have been there, ranging from green parks next to sand dunes to Indian dancing girls hidden beneath swanky bars full of Emirati men leering un-Islamically while drinking … Continue reading The Geopolitics of the United Arab Emirates (Or, A Study In How Small Places Avoid Getting Wiped Out)

Saudi Arabia’s Panic Is Geopolitically Sound

If you've lived in the Persian Gulf for a while, seeing one of its countries throw a shit-fit on an international stage won't surprise you all that much.  You get used to that kind of ridiculous chaos; you see one dumb, doomed project connected to a badly-planned roundabout removal scheme merging into a seemingly nonsensical … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Panic Is Geopolitically Sound

The Geopolitical Game of the Persian Gulf (Or, how all the king’s men are increasingly screwed)

Iran's back in the news - deal or no deal, they ask?  Much of it hinges on internal factors nobody knows except the Iranian government's higher ups.  You can flip a coin and be just as likely to be right, so we won't bother. Across the Gulf, the shiekhs and kings (and one sultan) watch … Continue reading The Geopolitical Game of the Persian Gulf (Or, how all the king’s men are increasingly screwed)