The consequences of the failed Yemen war for the GCC will be far-ranging and quite severe.
To secure itself, the Islamic State must destroy its nearest Sunni Arab rivals, and Saudi Arabia is a tempting target.
2014 was the worst. And here it is in review.
The December 1 killing of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi was proper terrorism, but why her, and why Abu Dhabi? Herein we go!
(Personal plug: Buy my most recent darkly comedic book, The Ultimate Survivalist's Guide to Suicide, on Amazon for free for the next five days!) It's a country of endless beaches, very pleasant winter weather, tax-free living, and massive hydrocarbon reserves. A typical weekend can involve an all-you-can-drink brunch at a local five star followed by excessive … Continue reading The United Arab Emirates Goes To War (And for the rulers, all bets are off)
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)
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
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)