What is Qatar’s position in view of US national security interests?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

What is Qatar’s position from American security interests in view of its crisis with the anti-terror quartet and the reinstatement of sanctions on Iranian interests?The Gulf-US policy is united against Iran. America and Gulf Cooperation Council countries agree on the importance of confronting the Iranian threat in the region but it seems Qatar is vacillating on the matter here as there is noticeable Qatar-Iran rapprochement and a great deal of understanding between Iran’s proxies and ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

OPINION: Why European companies are fleeing Iran after US deal withdrawal

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iran and tensions in the region

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

US President Donald Trump took a historic decision of withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran. He proved that the US is undoubtedly the most powerful country in human history. The president is also scheduled to meet the North Korean president in Singapore, although the date is not finalized yet. Crown Prince exposes Iran’s crimes Trump has crushed one of the worst agreements in history. It was an unfair agreement for both the US and Gulf countries, which were not part of it from ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

The post-election Iraqi government

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The recent Iraqi parliamentary elections were not like their antecedents — including the first elections after Saddam’s ouster in 2005. This time, the large blocs formed on sectarian (Shiite-Sunni) and nationalist (Arab-Kurdish) lines dissolved. The newly elected House of Representatives will consist of a larger number of coalitions that will have lesser weight. It’s unlikely that the most important Shiite bloc (the National Iraqi Alliance) will emerge again given its recent ...

Adnan Hussein

Europe should worry about its interests with us

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The three European countries, Britain, France and Germany, are racing to reassure Iran that they are committed to the nuclear agreement and to offer guarantees that the deal will remain in place because, as they put it, it is important for their “shared security.”British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced that they agreed to resume implementing their countries’ obligations as per the nuclear agreement ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Khamenei and the North Korean precedent

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Did you know that South Korea’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is to the tune of $1.5 trillion, whereas the North Korean GDP is not more than $28 billion? It’s true that North Korea is a nuclear country and it can fire ballistic missiles against the US. In spite of this military strength, North Korea decided to engage in peace talks with the US and its neighbor South Korea that will end with the declaration that it would give up its nuclear weapons arsenal to denuclearize the Korean ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

On philosophy and its crucial role for society

Sunday, 13 May 2018

In the 12th century, the intellectual conflict among scholars and philosophers had peaked. With a surfeit of translations in the field of science, philosophy and logic, the realm of human knowledge underwent crucial transformations, as debate, polemic and the language used to address facts changed and the means for making interpretation expanded. It was necessary for philosophers to defend themselves against a plethora of accusations. Averroes played an important role in this battle. He not only ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Morocco: Upholding religion and security

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Morocco has recently severed all diplomatic relations with Iran. Three major Arab countries, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco are thus confronting Iranian hostilities by means of rupture of ties and boycott. For a while now, Iran has been a religious, political and strategic menace not just for Arabs, but for all Muslims across the world.In 2008-2009, the Kingdom of Morocco cut off its diplomatic relations with Iran because its religious and security institutions sensed Iran’s growing ...

Radwan al-Sayed

We cannot afford another endarkenment

Monday, 30 April 2018

I have recently tried to take a small step back from events to gain some perspective on our world and where we are going. My mind keeps returning to the darkest period in our collective history: the two world wars that stained the first half of the 20th century. More than 100 million people, mostly civilians, were killed in those two wars – a mass slaughter and destruction that is almost unimaginable today. The hopes of Europe’s Enlightenment and revolutionary ideals born in the 18th ...

Hassan Yassin

The reconstruction of Islamic Studies

Monday, 30 April 2018

For the last 10 years, Arabs and Muslims have been preoccupied with fighting extremism and terrorism. Perhaps, they may continue fighting for the next 10 years as well.Institutional reformsAs a result of the 10 years’ bitter experience in dealing with this issue that is dangerous on religion, societies and countries, I have sought to comprehend it via two concepts: qualification and rehabilitation. By qualification, I mean cooperation among institutions to better comprehend the world, the ...

Radwan al-Sayed

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