Dr. Theodore Karasik
Dr. Theodore Karasik

Dr. Theodore Karasik is a Washington DC-based analyst of regional geo-political affairs. He received his Ph.D in History from UCLA in Los Angeles, California in four fields: Middle East, Russia, Caucasus, and a specialized sub-field in Cultural Anthropology focusing on tribes and clans. He tweets @tkarasik.

Qatar must be part of Arab unity

Pundits are at it again, screaming that Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia two weeks ago heightened the sectarian divide in the Gulf region leading to this week’s snapping of relations...

Is the time up for Iran’s forays in the Middle East?

Time is up for Iran’s foray in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and allies are backing their talk with actions by first conducting a “house cleaning” of the GCC of Iranian influence....

Binary relationship brings Trump to Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump's first visit abroad as America’s 45th president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is activating a new level of cooperation unseen between Washington and Riyadh in decades...

US and Russia on Syria: Beyond what meets the eye

In the wake of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov noted that “it’s too early to draw”...

Why electronics ban is serious business

The US restrictions applying to flights originating from 10 airports in countries is going to impact major international carriers including Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines but not...

A new foundation for Saudi-US relations

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to meet with US President Donald Trump and his top advisors establishes a new foundation for US-Saudi relations. The visit occurred...

What happened to Haftar’s Libya plan?

Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s plans for Libya took an abrupt turn for the worse marking yet again another stage of the Libyan Civil War. Tripoli-based forces, with international support...

Significance of King Salman’s historic visit to Asia

Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz’s tour of Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives, followed by a stop in Jordan before returning to the Kingdom, is full of thematically importance...