Michael Stephens is a research fellow for Middle East studies and head of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Qatar.
Politics05 Jan 2016 12:59 GMT
It is US retrenchment from the region that has been the cause of regional competition in the first place.
Politics15 Dec 2015 08:51 GMT
As with all things in Saudi Arabia, change happens slowly and at its own pace.
Middle East06 Sep 2015 13:04 GMT
If the US is not willing to play a hegemonic role in the region, then Riyadh will have to step in.
War & Conflict20 Aug 2015 10:28 GMT
The use of chemical munitions is becoming the norm in Syria and Iraq.
War & Conflict28 Jun 2015 08:36 GMT
The YPG may seem to be good allies on paper, but if Syria's central regions are alienated it may cause more trouble.
Politics29 Apr 2015 15:38 GMT
The wily king appears to have understood that to keep things the same, sometimes you have to make changes.
War & Conflict27 Mar 2015 08:20 GMT
Saudi Arabia may balk at an Iran-backed actor gaining legitimacy through talks but it has little choice in the long run.
War & Conflict02 Mar 2015 10:37 GMT
Money and expensive toys don't buy regional stability.
Politics23 Jan 2015 05:18 GMT
Can Saudi Arabia manage the turbulent changes in the region without its king?
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is accused of marginalising Sunni and Kurdish voices ahead of April 30 vote.
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As the National Dialogue begins, both Shia and Sunni groups must stop pointing fingers and find common ground.
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