Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan is a Syrian academic and writer. He holds a PhD degree in International Relations. He is the Director of Policy Analysis at the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies.

GCC

Is the GCC dead?

After the December 9 summit in Riyadh, it became clear that the GCC has lost its raison d'etre.

Is the GCC dead?

Middle East

Why Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is failing

Mohammed bin Salman has transformed Saudi Arabia's traditionally tactical diplomacy to a reckless mess.

Why Saudi Arabia's foreign policy is failing

Middle East

Russia's new game in Syria

Russia is focusing its efforts on blackmailing Europe into paying for reconstruction and pushing the US out.

Russia's new game in Syria

Iraq

Sectarian conflicts in the Middle East can be resolved

Sectarianism is a modern-day phenomenon in the Middle East and should be addressed as such.

Sectarian conflicts in the Middle East can be resolved

Syria's War

The battle for Idlib: Three scenarios

After using de-escalation zones to take over one rebel-held area after the other, Russia has its eyes now on Idlib.

The battle for Idlib: Three scenarios

Iran

Trump's 'Arab NATO' plan to counter Iran is doomed to fail

What the region needs is not an 'Arab NATO' but a Marshall Plan.

Trump's 'Arab NATO' plan to counter Iran is doomed to fail

Russia

Russia's endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine?

Russia wants to use the gains it made in Syria as a bargaining chip with the US on Ukraine and the economic sanctions.

Russia's endgame in Syria: Iran for Ukraine?

Iran

Iran's Syria predicament

There is growing pressure on Iran to withdraw its forces from Syria.

Iran's Syria predicament

Qatar

How the blockade on Qatar failed

The GCC crisis has inflicted significant financial loss on Qatar, but it has failed to bring it down.

How the blockade on Qatar failed

Iran

Why Iran itself is likely to exit the nuclear deal

Despite European efforts to salvage the JCPOA, without the US, Iran no longer has much motivation to stay in the deal.

Why Iran itself is likely to exit the nuclear deal

Syria's War

Re-electing Assad will not save Syria

The upcoming presidential elections will not bring peace to Syria.

Re-electing Assad will not save Syria

US & Canada

Can the Saudis adapt to Obama's policies?

The US is not likely to act decisively on urgent issues in the Middle East, such as the Syrian crisis.

Can the Saudis adapt to Obama's policies?