The presence of a US security umbrella over the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states has been a defining feature of the contemporary geopolitics, security and economics of the six countries that collectively contain almost one-third of the world’s proven oil reserves. There are American red lines in the sands of Arabia and adversaries who cross…

“15 years of the war on terror: much was said, but what was achieved?” That was the question that occupied the minds of some of the region’s most well-respected diplomats, political analysts, academics and policy wonks at the second Al Arabiya Global Discussions Forum that got underway in Dubai today. Assessing the steady resurgence of…

The geopolitical disorder across the Middle East and North Africa is part of a strategic competition that is playing out and could lead to major changes in the Arab world, senior government ministers said in a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on MENA regarding the geostrategic outlook for the region. “We are in…

Politicians and business leaders attending 2015 Annual Summit of World Economic Forum in Davos have expressed deep sadness over the passing away of Saudi King Abdullah earlier today. Speaking to TRENDS, Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said: “The Arab world has lost a great leader today, we are in deep grief, our prayers are with…