Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin is a Middle East affairs specialist and security analyst based in Riyadh. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @Alothaimin.

GCC-EU: Beyond the oil relationship

The General Secretariat of the GCC in Riyadh recently hosted a joint meeting with members of the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC). This high-ranking committee includes ambassadors of the EU...

The Riyadh Summits: From tensions to strategic partnership

The visit of US President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia, and his participation in three summits with Saudi Arabia, GCC member-states, and Arab and Muslim countries was an unprecedented historic event....

The Washington-Riyadh counterterrorism relationship

On Friday 10 February 2017, CIA Director Mike Pompeo awarded Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, the George Tenet Medal for his distinct intelligence...

Riyadh and Baghdad: Getting relations back on track

The recent visit of Adel Al-Jubeir to Baghdad was the first by a Saudi foreign minister in 14 years. It came after a period of estrangement between the two states and was an attempt to get relations...

EU’s 60th anniversary summit and the challenges of disintegration

In the mid-1950s, the Netherlands, backed by Belgium and Germany, proposed the establishment of a common market. Initially, France was hesitant to join because of its protectionist policy, but it...

The five scenarios on the future of Europe

The presentation of a white paper on the future of Europe by the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in the European Parliament on March 1 provoked a heated debate in Brussels. ...

The Gulf states and anarchy in the Middle East

Former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger made an interesting remark in World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. The book...

The foundations of dialogue between Iran and the GCC

The Kuwaiti foreign minister’s visit to Tehran on Jan. 25 came as Kuwait was mandated by the recent Gulf summit held in Bahrain to hold the mediation file between the Gulf States and Iran in...