Why Saudi Arabia Just Declared A Soft Power War On Qatar

Why would Saudi blockade a fellow Gulf Arab? Qatar proffers a vision of the future Riyadh hates.

The Geopolitics of Oman: Or, How Not To Get Killed When You Live In A Dangerous Neighborhood

Oman has historically leveraged its relative isolation for maximum prosperity, but the days of isolation are rapidly drawing to a close.

The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)

First, a Lion King reference.  Now, to serious business. What's it mean to be a king?  Our popular image is of some bro, richly dressed, sitting on a fancy throne, throwing edicts left and right and being waited on hand and foot.  Most importantly, we believe a king can do as he likes; he's the … Continue reading The (Saudi) King is Dead; Long Live the King (Or: The Many Challenges For King Salman)