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Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technologies, “cracking”
methods for extracting oil and gas from rock formations and reasonable policies
toward foreign investors have enabled the Sultanate of Oman to increase its
hydrocarbons production remarkably – despite small proven reserves and
Dr. Carole Nakhle
has quarreled with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states before, but this latest
flare-up is far more serious. While the cause of the crisis – an allegedly fake
news report – seems a flimsy justification for a diplomatic and economic
blockade, Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and friendly ties with Iran
have put it in this fix. Qatar will have to agree to at least some of the 13
demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies, and the U.S. will probably help broker
a compromise to end the impasse.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
The United States is cautiously reengaging in the Middle East. To deal with an explosive situation that threatens world peace, President Donald Trump must first tackle the legacy of the Obama years, which left Russia and Iran well entrenched in some of the region's Arab countries. Forcing them out may not be possible, but the U.S. could restore some equilibrium.
Saudi Arabia’s relations with its Arab neighbours have been troubled since the state was founded in 1932. The kingdom’s territorial expansion, border disputes and export of Wahhabi Islam have all fed fears of Saudi political domination. Now that the decades-long alliance with Washington has cooled and the United States’ security umbrella has been at least partially...
Dr. Udo Steinbach
Yemen’s civil war between Houthi rebels from the north and a democratically-elected government risks boiling over into a major regional conflict. It bears the hallmarks of a Shia-Sunni battleground. An Arab coalition - including the non-arab nuclear power Pakistan - and led by Saudi Arabia, has already used air and ground attacks to drive back the Iran-backed Houth...